Edges

SkiVisions 4″ Ski & Snowboard Edge Tuning Stones

SkiVisions also makes their specialty stones for those other guy’s edge tuning tools: The stone on the left is our green stone, it is the most aggressive of the three and is designed to cut very hard metal, including edge metal that has been hardened from hitting rocks or misuse of stone grinding equipment. The…

SkiVisions Stone and Steel Inserts Maintenance

dress-stone

There are three different methods you can use to maintain the SkiVisions inserts: 1.  Coarse emery (silicon carbide) paper, in 60 to 100 grit or so.  Emery paper is good for maintaining all the stones EXCEPT the green stones. 2.  The SkiVisions high speed steel dressing stone, which is used to dress the Base Flattener…

Snowboard Edge Tuning

From the Toko Snowboard Tech Manual found here: EDGE TUNING The base edge on a snowboard should have a bevel of a half to one degree. A little base bevel makes the board easy to ride and transitioning from toe edge to heel edge without being “grabby”. Base bevel of more than one degree makes…

Adjusting Side Edges 1 Degree

Out of curiosity and a recent discussion with a customer prompted me to perform an unscientific experiment to provide a ‘meter’ for tweaking edge geometry. I think many are over thinking how much is really involved with removing 1° of edge material. It is in fact, fast and easy because little material removal is involved.…

Edge Tuning Geometry Beveling, Sharpening and Polishing

Sharp and smoothly polished edges, with correct edge geometry (aka properly ‘tuned’) are critical to maximize the carving capability and overall performance of your expensive board(s). What tools and techniques do you employ? There are simply too many variables to grasp without time, experience, defining personal goals, cost and other considerations. As with skis, snowboards…

Base Bevel Measuring w/Feeler Gauges

A straight forward, low tech method for measuring base bevels is to use feeler gauges or other objects of known thicknesses (0.5mm, 0.7mm, 1.0mm, etc). The direct ratio between typical bevel angles, is the metric height (mm) of the angle, at the accepted distance and easy to remember distance of 60 mm/6cm from the edge…

True Bars

How flat (or not) are my bases? What are my base bevel angles? How straight are my scrapers, edge guides & tools?….are among the typical bits of information needed to perform and gauge quality of work and determine what work is required. Like any tool we carry, there is a range of quality levels available…