I have a Ski Visions Ski Sharp (and base flattner for that matter). I'd like to get my skis as sharp under foot as possible but am getting poor results so far with this tool (compared to other multi-type tools I've used from FK). I have the files, 180 grit ruby stones, and 600 grit polishing stones.
Every time I use the tool and then use either fingernail or tuning stick technique it seems like the ski is getting duller as compared to how it was previously regardless of condition.
Yes I'm pulling files the correct direction. I'm setting the tool at .5 base and 3 degree side bevel. I typically don't use the file insert on the base. The stones especially the 180 grits seem to clog up with material (black streak) in as little as 8 to 10 overlapping 10" strokes but I rotate and adjust their height as I'm working through the skis. I've tried light, medium, and way too much pressure while using the tool with equally bad results.
Thoughts anyone? I like my skis especially sharp (New England and enjoy ice actually) so I like to keep the burr on it although it comes off pretty quickly under normal skiing. I pretty much exclusively like to carve wide arcs or take slalom type quick sharp turns to give you some idea about my skiing type to the point of booting out of some skis.
I'm totally lost and frustrated. Any thoughts?
I thought I read that base + side bevels should create a 90 deg angle so additionally it makes me question if my .5/3 idea is working as I expect it to. Is this really an aggressive setting or is there even further one could go?