The Razor is built very sturdy... I've used a couple other multi-tools in the same price range, and they seemed cheaply made and didn't have as much versatility. The Razor has the ability to bevel side edge (0,1,2,3,4,5, and 6 degrees) and base edge angles (0,0.5,1,1.5,2,2.5, and 3 degrees). You change the angle by switching in pegs of different lengths.
The pegs, at first, were hard to pull out, especially with wet hands. As I changed them, though, they got easier to remove. I hope this trend doesn't continue to a point where they won't stay in...
Before I started tuning, I tried to see which of my stones the Razor would accomodate. Unfortunately, my arkansas (SVST in leather pouch) and ceramic stones will not fit. So, I'm left with my diamond stones.. I'm going to attempt to find a way to grind down my arkansas and ceramic stones by about 1mm so they will fit, but that's a whole different issue.
So.. the tuning begins... I inserted the included file on the very course (panzer?) side, set the side edge angle on the Razor to 6 degrees by inserting the black peg in the appropriate location and trimmed back the sidewall.. It worked very well with very little pressure. You DON'T want to use too much pressure, or you will start tearing at the edge... I took a couple slivers off, but it shouldn't make a different since it didn't change the edge angle (it just took the sliver off up close to the sidewall). Two runs with gentle pressure down each edge and the job was done... Next to the stones...
I already had my angles set on my skis, but due to some (assumed) inaccuracy, I started with a 100 grit diamond stone. Wet the stone, put it in, change pegs, and you're ready. I ran 6 short overlapping strokes, then 1 stroke full length. Changed to the 400 grit, same thing. Changed to the 1500 Grit, and ran it down full length about 4 times. Result: nice sharp edges.
Finally, I ran a ceramic stone down freehand with very light pressure, which seemed to have a positive effect.
Pros and Cons....
- Easy to change tooks and angles
- Seems to be very accurate (for a multi-tool : )
- Has a central point where pressure must be applied. If you pressuure outside of that area, the tool will tip.
- Would not fit my Arkansas and Ceramic stones.
I am by no means a professional tuner (heck, I don't even use vices, I cradle the skis in my lap in my little 1 bedroom apartment). I am just a recreational tuner looking for a good tune. I started with a DaKine tuning kit and have just been adding to it. If I get more serious, I may consider some exact angle guides, or maybe some vices
I have not had the chance to ride the skis yet, but by looking I can say that it's likely the best tune they've ever had since in my possession.
Now to come up with a way to get my arkansas and ceramics to fit in the tool......