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Old 04-08-2013, 06:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This was my first year on the board. How often should I sharpen the edges?
Went out about 12 times and my edges are very dull. Does it mater?
I am do carve. Any use a file free hand or use a gig?
Still a beginner so would I even notice the difference?
My board is Solomon Pulse if that maters.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes it matters,yes you may notice

Your edge should be sharp enough to scrape a shaving off the back of your fingernail...at all times

No free handing, need a file guide

You can ask Solomon what the spec edge should be. i learned 1 on the base, .5 on the side edge, that's always worked for me
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Just a heads up, the tip and tail of that board come pre-detuned.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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pick up one of the Dakine Deluxe tuning kits. itll have everything you need to tune your edges and get you started on waxing minus the iron.

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This was my first year on the board. How often should I sharpen the edges?
Went out about 12 times and my edges are very dull. Does it mater?
I am do carve. Any use a file free hand or use a gig?
Still a beginner so would I even notice the difference?
My board is Solomon Pulse if that maters.
You'll notice if you're riding ice or hard pack, not so much in powder.

Sharpen when the edges are too dull to scrap shavings off your fingernail. How long that takes depends upon the conditions you ride.

Read this, it will help you understand what you're trying to do

Tuning - The Carver's Almanac

Buy a bevel guide, free handing is damn near impossible.
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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some don't sharpen or wax much at all during season... others do it religiously.. depends what kind of riding you do and what type of terrain... if you rarely ever ride icy slopes, sharp edges aren't needed as much. if you one day want to start hitting boxes, don't try with super sharp edges. It's easy, you'll figure it out.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have heard good things about the SKS multi-tool
Amazon.com: Base-Side Bevel File Guide SKS Multi Tool + 3 DMT diamond stones w/ file: Sports & Outdoors

you don't need to use the file all the time to sharpen the edges... you're removing a good chunk of material, and the edge material is only so thick. That's why the link has polishing stones, so you can sharpen the edges via polish, unless you smashed the edge into something.
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Thanks, great information!
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:31 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Check out the "Ski Visions Ski Sharp Edge Tuning Tool" available at Tognar as well. Works well IMO.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:55 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Something I mean to go grab this season too, the shop guys had, was a deburring thing, it was like an eraser with pumice or something, for when you just don't need a full sharpen, but have some wear n tear...
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