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Edge Sharpening Question

post #1 of 6
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When you have a few inches of the edge that is damaged by rock strikes, and will not sharpen in the normal passes along the ski. Is it better to concentrate on that area causing a "dip" in the metal, or just wait until the next time you need a full stone grind to get that area sharp.
post #2 of 6
Get it as good as you can! (I never, ever work on it from the base edge, side edge only, no matter what. Let it come out in the wash on the next stone grind. Although,  if it is that bad many times even a stone grind will not completely irradicate it!

Only so much you can do to repair the damage if iis a reall digger!
post #3 of 6
From one who is probably a bit more concerned about my edges than most (even on this forum), I would say that I try to "temper" the problem area - de-burr, sharpen and and hone whatever is available to retain the general integrity of the edge.  Sort of "pretend it isn't there" after regular de-burring, sharpening and honing, i.e., leaving the dip.  This assumes it is not a major hit, of course, but I can live with a few polished irregularities.
post #4 of 6
Smooth is better than rough. It slides better and doesn't get grabby. Making the edge of the damage smooth, not jaggy, is important. I use a gummi stone to take off the sharpness of the jaggies. The gummi will touch more of the damaged edge than a hard stone thus being more effective in removing the grabbiness.

I try to avoid making too much of a 'dip' while still making the edge smooth. I don't aim for perfection in the damaged area, just less resistance to drag.
post #5 of 6
It may look pretty, but if the rest of the edge is sharp, you won't even know it's there when you're skiing. Get it as smooth as you can without removing excessive amounts of edge material and forget about it.
post #6 of 6
Knock down the burrs with a stone or mostly worn out medium diamond. The heat tempering from hitting a rock will dull files fast, even chrome.

I try to keep the edge consistent and remove equally along the entire length. Make it as best as you can, but have a machine bring it back to  perfect later.
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