I just got my Never Summer Cobra X and loving it(although wish i got the 161cm instead of 163), I didn't have any problems on the ice this past weekend, oh god edges are so sharp mostly because it's new I think lol
So I basically have 3 questions;
Remember I just got it, and I ride twice a week in the east coast, so somewhat icy conditions here
1. How often do I need to wax it?
2. How often do I need to sharpen it? I heard sharpening it frequently can kill a board overtime is that so? (like eating the edges, what is that even mean)?
3. How to store it when April comes for the summer, some say wax it and store it, is that so?
For Waxing and Sharpening;
Can you tell me what do I need to buy to start my first waxing and sharpening? Please list everything you know so I can get down to it.
Edges...only time I ever mess with them is if I chew em up over rocks and have to clean em up. You will know when they need to be tuned, as you might start sliding out more. Its personal preference here. I like mine nice and sharp but never really recut unless needed. That said...get a gummy stone and use it to bust rust when needed. If you feel you need to sharpen em up, get a proper file guide. This will allow you to get the proper angles and keep things straight.
Wax...With the sintered base it will be thirsty for wax, especially if you ride a lot on ice. I personally use graphite wax. Couple of advantages I have noticed with it. 1: its really fast. 2: its hard. 3: its black and makes it easy to see when its time to reapply.
I personally use a standard iron but I need to break down and get a proper wax iron. It will make your life easier if you get the right tools for the job. Take that from personal experience. Youre gonna need a good scraper. I have both plastic and steel. I find the steel makes life so much easier when scraping graphite wax. Again...its really hard stuff. Get used to using a plastic scraper first, before you start tearing up your base with the steel! You will also want a nylon hard bristle brush. I use a bathroom brush. You will use this after all the wax has been scraped, to put a nice brushed texture on your base. I also use a steel bristle brush before i start to clean out old wax and dirt. There are tons of how-to videos on youtube. I suggest you watch a couple. The techniques are not difficult...just pay attention.
Storage: a lot of people store with a fresh coat of wax, without scraping it. That is just fine. Maybe overkill, but if you wax all the way to the edges it will keep em from rusting. Again, personal preference.
I attached a couple of shots to show how nasty the graphite wax is, but to me, is really worth the trouble.