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Is a file a file?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

So I am looking at picking up more ski tuning tools and got to wondering what makes a ski file that appears to be the same as what the hardware store sells cost 3 to 4 times as much or more?

post #2 of 10

I'm sure others will also answer but one of the biggest differences is that ski files are harder in order to deal with the hardness of the metal edges.

post #3 of 10

Think pro or commercial grade vs shorted lived consumer grade tools. Plus there are a variety of teeth options.

post #4 of 10

If you are changing or setting your edge angles, get a panzar file, a 10 inch chrome file, and a diamond stone.  Chrome files have harder teeth.

I have used a smaller file but noticed even with cautious use the 8 inch can deflect from your file guide rendering the edges rounded off. 

post #5 of 10


Purchasing good tools initially is much less expensive than later replacing a poor tool with a good one. The most expensive option is damaging ski equipment with inadequate tools or skills. With that in mind I'd suggest using files made specifically for ski tuning. Also take advantage and utilize an accurate file guide (base and side edge) to maintain a consistent edge.


Try your local specialty shop or there are many online sources - here are a few





post #6 of 10

To answer the thread title question.  No,  a file is not a file.    biggrin.gif

post #7 of 10

I started working on my skis with standard Nicholson files.  They worked OK.  I then bought a Wintersteiger file.  What a difference.  Less work.  Better results.  Easily justifies the price and hassle of obtaining.

post #8 of 10

The files that you get in the hardware stores aren't the same as the files made for ski.  Like others, i've used both and the files that are made for skis are WAY better...

post #9 of 10

Buy a legit ski file, you will def notice the difference.  Plus this way you won't ruin your skis

post #10 of 10

A dull file has shiny spots when held at the right angle under light.  Of course, only push a file in the direction the teeth bite (push away from you with the file tang in your right hand, or pull toward you with the tang in your left) and lift the file off the material on the return stroke.


Buy a hardware store file.  Use it until it is dull.  Throw it away and buy another.  Repeat.  Repeat.  Repeat.  Buy a ski file.


So how can ski edge steel be both hard and flexible?????

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