Originally Posted by Max_501
Without a guide how do you know the stone is flat against the base edge? Why not just use a light diamond stone with the base guide? The burr comes off and nothing else.
You can try it, but every tech I know and every article i have read and TOKO's tech manual and every racer i have seen just does a quick tip to tail with an arkansas freehand flat against the base edge. And they all do it with the ski up on edge base away not base up and flat in your vises.
How you tell is you have about 1/4 to 1/3 the stone up above the side edge of the ski. and have the other 2/3 flat against the base steel. Really easy. I use my thumb as a guide on the sidewall or side of the cap of the ski! You don't want to us a med or soft gummi because that can wrap around the actual point of the edge, but an arkansas stone or diamond is very hard and won't dull your edge unless you are tipping it way too much.
if you are trying to do this with the ski flat base up I can see the problem but if you have it side edge up base away it is really easy!http://www.tokous.com/Manuals/Alpine...ual%200506.pdf
But don't use the diamond at a 45 degee to your edge. that is like skiing over a rock at a high edge angle of course without your weight on it!