Originally Posted by Scalce
If you adjust the side edges first then you will dull them and cause burrs when adjusting the base bevel. You will just need to go over the side edge again which is useless.
Bring the base bevel to the appropriate bevel degree with a file and then stone progression.
Bring the side bevel to the appropriate bevel degree with a file and then stone progression.
Go over the base edge with an Arkansas stone to remove the hanging burr.
Wax and ski
Scalce, can't agree with this. i do my side edges first. Why do you think your side edge would get dulled if doing your base edge after side edge.
your base and side edge sharpened point is the same whther you do base then side or side then base. i just think you have less hanging burr isuues with side edge then base edge. If you have any burr off your base edge it just breaks off, but the burr that sticks down into the snow off your side edge wreaks havoc with your skis.
I think it is no diffferent than sharpening a knife. There is really only 1 edge to sharpen per side on a ski. does it matter on a knife whether you sharpen the left side then the right or the right then the left. My skis are plentysharp, and I have done it both ways!
I submit it makes no difference other than what i said above with where the burr is formed!
to answer his other question once your base edge is set and fininshed you should just leave it alone. Maintainance is done by only sharpening or polishing your side edge. If you keep working on your base edge you will unintentionally increase your base bevel. Skiing already does some of this from the abrasive snow & ice. Additional diamond stoning or filing will only increase your base bevel further. In fact i do not use diamond stones at all on my base edge.
I use the finest race file I can find (Holmenkol 18 teeth/per cm) and then polish with a TOKO finishing block. And only when I initially set my basse bevel after a stonegrind.