Originally Posted by jdleuck
I suggest what you do prior to buying a guide (which you’ll definitely want in the future) is to read up on the distinction between filing /maintaining your base edge between base grinds (which of course is discouraged), even with a 600 grit diamond stone versus deburring your base edge after sharpening your side edge.. Most of what I’ve learned is from Atomicman. You can start with this post
Pay particular attention to A-man’s posts thru out the thread (starting at post #8). Then if you’re really interested, search EpicSki for his posts specifically on deburring and/or repairing base edges. What you’ll learn is it does not require a guide to debur a base edge, only an Arkansas stone and perhaps a hard gummi stone. Just need to use the correct technique which he discusses in detail. And, if really, really interested there are numerous other posts of his over the years discussing every other detail regarding tuning. And of course there are countless posts from other tuning experts, most of which I’ve read and most of which are useful, especially Jacques’ videos. I just happen to like A-man’s techniques which seem to work for me. YMMV
Thanks for the reply!
First of all, had tons of conversations with A-man, he has some pretty radical techniques that will probably get your edges very sharp! I wrote a lot with him, and he guided me a lot aswell! He heeeelped me soo much! I have, however, stayed away from the more radical techniques as i don't race competetively.
My problem is not really choice of stone or likewise anymore, as i've settled on 99% on my tools (apart from base bevel guide), but it's the technique you also describe that bothers me. I feel like deburring freehandedly is hard, as i don't want to file into the base material OR have the diamond stone flip over and desharpen the newly sharpened edge. Yes, it's all technique, but even though i would love to practice a ton i don't get to tune my skis that often (10 times per year or so). So maybe i'll be experienced enough in a couple of years to confidently freehand deburr, but right now i feel shaky doing it.
Take this video for instance: https://youtu.be/0feWN6hIH2w?t=30s . Yes, he seems pretty confident deburring, but watch how grey his base is next to the edges (at 1:40). Dude pretty obviously filed into the base quite a bit.
This is why i thought using a base bevel might be a good idea? On the other hand, i might have trouble reaching the base edge with a .5 guide when the angle slowly becomes higher and grows towards 0.75?
Regarding the zipper-line i stopped worrying, it just bothered me a lot the day i waxed :d