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Another edge sharpening question

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Briefly, my pocket edge tuner is only 88 or 89°, fine for mrs's skis, but my Atomics are 87° as far as I can see on the web.
What's worse, leaving them bluntish, or changing the angle to 88° with a light file? It is hard out here in Italy at mo, with no chance of shop service. Thanks
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Your pocket edge tuner won't change the angle but I would think that some light passes would at least get rid of rock hits and burrs.
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skimottaret wrote:
Your pocket edge tuner won't change the angle but I would think that some light passes would at least get rid of rock hits and burrs.

Thanks, it's a Kunzmann pocket combi, with a choice of 89 on one side, and 88 on the other for edges, and 1° base edge as well, so will surely change the oem edge angle of 87° for Atomic?
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@cstreat, the pocket tool won't cut enough metal to completely change edge angle, you would have to do loads of passes with it and it isn't accurate enough to change the edge angle accurately imv.. give the edges a few passes to touch em up the edge will be improved and not a big deal to change the edge to 88. if you want to keep your pocket I would suggest getting a file and edge guide for 88 when home and or getting a shop tune and resetting edges to 88.

The pocket guides are for touching up not changing edge angle, you need a file and guide to do that accurately and effectively.
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Or just buy a 87 edge guide, clamp and a medium diamond file, easy to do a few passes each evening to keep the edge decent.
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Thanks, I did as advised
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cstreat wrote:
Briefly, my pocket edge tuner is only 88 or 89°, fine for mrs's skis, but my Atomics are 87° as far as I can see on the web.
What's worse, leaving them bluntish, or changing the angle to 88° with a light file? It is hard out here in Italy at mo, with no chance of shop service. Thanks


Are sure that the Atomics are 87 degrees? If they have been machine serviced at a ski shop, that could have changed the angle, as many shops pass all skis through at 88 degrees, regardless of make. Have you measured the angle?
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87 degrees is more common on slalom race skis - have you checked the list of manufacturers angles on thepisteoffice website?
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Of the big brands Atomic, along with Fischer and Blizzard, use 87 degree side edge angles.
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Wow, didn't realise any general "consumer" skis (sorry, don't know what else to call them!) had such angles from the factory. That's pretty aggressive.
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