How To Sharpen Ski Edge
Do you want to know how to sharpen ski edges? The edges are the most important part of the skis when it comes to safety and the ability to reduce speed when skiing. Keeping the ski edges sharp is very important.
To sharpen ski edges, you will need:
- A work bench able to hold a ski steady with its side upwards. (There's a variety of commercial ski tuning benches, but you can do with a regular work bench with a pair of regular claws.)
- A sharpening tool or a set of grinding stones
- A sheet of very fine sand paper between 600 and 800 CAMI grit number
- Old rags
Place a ski in the claws with one side facing upwards. Tighten the claws using rags to protect the ski.
- Start with a gross grinding stone with long and steady movements. Use increasingly thinner stones. If you find deep scratches in the edge, try working them carefully, avoiding an uneven abrasion of the side. If you look along the side, it should appear straight.
- Work the base side first, as the active edge is mostly the side or upward axis. No particles should remain loose in either side, but the upward axis is critical.
- Repeat the process in all four edges of the pair of skis, making sure you use the grinding stones gradually. Slow down your movements if you notice heat building up caused by friction. If the metal gets too hot, it might loose shape.
- Don't spend much time working on the tips, as they are not in touch with the snow very often even though they sustain damage while being used.
- Remember, work with gloves to avoid major damage to your hands.