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Need True Bar, nothing else, which one, where to buy?

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I have all the files, stones, guides, waxes, brushes I need but actually don't have a true bar. 

Can someone recommend one?

Is Square or Round better?

Any place I can get just the true bar without paying a flat $8 shipping, like maybe $3 shipping?

I don't need anything else (really I don't) and hate to pay $8 on one $10-15 item.

-l2t
post #2 of 7
I just use the scale from a combination square:


Seems to work just as well as the heat treated and precision ground piece I had them make me at work one day (was in the same situation a you), and this doesn't roll off the workbench.
post #3 of 7
I use an 8-inch hunk of 1"x1/8" aluminum bar left over from another project. A plastic drywall knife is usually my scraper. There are lots of cheap ways to work around the expensive dedicated ski tuning stuff.
post #4 of 7
Are you using a flashlight when you do the look&see ??  I use a similar metal rule too.

Lots of short cuts to save money but I don't believe in saving wax shavings ... yech ... to much crap in them!

A "Scotch Brite" dish pad ...... and I like the plastic dry wall "knives" or scraper thingies you can get get for real cheap.  I actually felt better using something plastic on a base that I might gouge with a metal blade though I guess I could have taken the sharp corner off each side ... duh?  Should have thought of that before.  But the plastic you can "recycle" when the edges get dinged ... after cleaning them with hot water you can toss them in the back of the car as ice scrapers.
post #5 of 7
I prefer a narrow bar versus round, especially one you can turn on edge with back lighting to see imperfections better:



post #6 of 7
A brand new steel scraper which i have just for that. or the steel square bar knife from my skivision beast base flattener (is in the tools section).
post #7 of 7
Tip, take a flashlight and a new steel scraper with you if you let a shop do the base flattening.
It makes it possible for you to check what they did before you leave the shop.
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