Originally Posted by Jacques
Sweet info. Maybe a bit less hardening of the edges then. Good? Bad? So I wonder how much it cost. Not that I would buy one.....ha ha ha. I guess never say never. Well..........maybe sometimes.
Definitely less work hardning of the metal if less heat transfered. Probably why industrial companies jumped on CBN technology when it became viable. I think it has been only recently that it has become affordable for everyday use. The more I read about it, the more I want to try a CBN wheel for my workshop grinder. Nothing worse than sharpening a tool and overheating it with a bench grinder...
I do understand what you are saying about the satification about using hand tools. Some of the most satisfying projects around the house were done completely with hand tools. But, if I just want to get a repair done quickly, the power tools are coming out!
I know this sounds crazy to many skiers, but in the race community, skis are seen as disposable tools to get the job done. Especially tech event skis. If you can get two seasons out of a pair without destroying them, you are lucky. One bad crash, and they may be bent. I have seen every single brand delaminate, sometimes right in the middle of a race run. Even if you get two seasons out of them, more than likely FIS is going to change the rules, and what you have will be illegal to race on. So in that light, everybody wants a constantly sharp ski, but nobody wants to spend a lot of time doing it. Why spend more time hand tuning when a faster way is available, especially when that ski may just blow up in the next race or training session.