Establish and maintain ski and snowboard edge geometry with dedicated edge guides. They provide easy and quick edge cutting, sharpening and polishing control while making it easier to select the proper guide for the desired edge bevel angles. Multiple guides with the same dedicated angle reduces time swapping out files and diamonds while maintaining precision.
With the ability to adjust to many angles, a multi-tool can be a very economical option for the home tuner to measure, cut, polish and maintain ski and snowboard edges for maximum performance. Aside form edge work, a multi-tool can be used with a panzer or coarse file set at 5 to 7° for sidewall cutting (aka back filing). In a addition, with the guide set to 90°, plexi scrapers can be sharpened to maintain a better scraper edge for scraping wax. Every tuning kit needs at least one highly versatile multi-angle guide to perform a multitude of tasks.
While sharpening and polishing side edges and in order to cut the metal side edge only, the sidewall material needs to be planed or back-filed. Otherwise the cutting tool will get clogged with the sidewall material and reduce the efficiency and possibly the accuracy of the desired bevel. A sidewall planer, cutter or an edge guide (dedicated or multi-angle) with a steep angle and panzer or coarse file can used to clear the edge and provide a smooth side.
Diamond stones (aka diamond files) are the best option to maintain ski and snowboard edges due to their ability to cut and polish the edge for a smoother, sharp edge. Ease of use, can cut or polish in any direction, long life, and very forgiving since they remove less metal than a file and, diamonds are a must have for any tuner. The heart of the diamond 'quiver' is the 200 and 400 grit diamonds for sharpening and polishing. A 100 grit diamond can be used for establishing edge geometry versus a fine file, while the finer grits can provide that extra level of smoothness for the more demanding. The flexible backings and unique moon shaped pattern of the Diaface Moonflexes are very popular. Maplus now offers a stiffed backed option, while SVST's superior anodized aluminum backed diamond paper offers replaceable diamond strips and will last a lifetime.
Files are the traditional cutting tools for establishing edge geometry (bevel angles). Additional, panzer and coarse files are a must have for base repair and flattening tasks. To enable the sharpening and polishing of side edges, a panzer or course file in a 5 or 7 degree guide can be used as a sidewall cutter for back filing. Once the edge geometry has been established with ski files, keep them sharp and polished with stones or diamonds.