Apparently, my messing with Quick9 did not come across. It was the Red 1° Beast I sent him and he measured.
Pasted from an email response to Quick9 after he asked if I was kidding:
As the graphic shows, the differences equates to 3/16" of lateral knee movement. That's nothing to me and most skiers. The question is with the tools you own, is it more important to 'know' exactly to the nth degree what the angle is or whether or not you can turn them? I know what is important to me and getting lost in absolute precision is secondary to taking care of your gear and making them perform as expected and desired, along with other priorities. Consistency is more important to me and I know I can easily adjust to the small difference in angles for my purposes. I can also use any tool I choose. They are all at my fingertips. Others have other needs and nailing and knowing the precise angle is important to them. For precision you have to pay more and spend more time and requires a bit more skill.
Are you someone who knows the difference, thinks he knows the difference or realizes it's not as critical and saving a few bucks is more important, while at least taking care of the basics.
From now on, I think I'll use only the .5 Base with the file and then either polish with the .75 for (hopefully) less than 1 degree OR polish with the SVST 1 degree for 1 degree.
I can always remove more if I need to.
Great experiment - thanks.
Now, how about a Side of Beast PRO experiment? :-)