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04-01-2013, 04:51 PM
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bwhinnen
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Originally Posted by mistrhanky View Post
I did find that I have to sharpen my edges up much sooner at 5/8. The "goody" seems to where off a lot quicker and I end up sliding to much. Almost similar to what some say about the FBV -- when it goes it is gone in a hurry. Do those sharpening tools some people use make a difference with something like that? What is the consensus? Do those things really work?
How soon is "much sooner". I have found that going from 1/2" to 5/8" I can actually leave them a little longer. Mind you our ice is probably a little softer than yours overall and I think I put a fair bit of weight into my edges when I use them so I probably tend to dig in a bit as I make a concerted effort to push with the inside leg on a crossover.

I've never used a hand sharpening tool, but my impression of them (and I could be wrong) is that they are really to clean up burrs from nicks and such than re-edging.

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