with all due respect (snowolf's videos first convinced me I could hot wax at home), not everyone will quickly get to the proficiency of being able to use a metal scraper for wax. Yeah, it's faster, but the metal scraper is originally in the kit to scrape off the excess p-tex mounds when filling gouges/core shots (and to shield the base from unwanted melted p-tex). Frequent use of this aggressive scraper for wax jobs, by novices such as us, can prematurely deplete the structure.
The 3 in 1 tool is used to sharpen the edge only after the burs have been removed/sanded with the included whetstone. These burs are too hard and will dull the shallow file on the tool. Eventually, you will sharpen away enough metal that the sidewall will start getting in the way - that's when you put the deep/panzar file in the tool and shave the sidewall flush to the metal. Like the metal scraper, the panzar file is too aggressive to use first (I learned that the hard way).
buying a brass brush was also snowolf's influence...I can't imagine not having one. I use it only to prep the base for waxing - it gets a lot of the old dirty wax out of the structure. I think it's a bit too aggressive for a final brushing (I use a stiff nylon brush for that)...but I'm a relative novice.
Last edited by extra0; 12-12-2010 at 11:25 AM.