Edge grinders

Everything you need to know about Edge Grinders for Snowboards and Skis

One of the trickiest aspects of maintaining your snowboard yourself is sharpening the steel edges. A properly sharpened steel edge not only improves grip and control on the slopes, but also extends the life of your equipment. Edge sharpeners are special tools designed to facilitate this work and deliver consistent results. In the description below, we will go in-depth on everything you need to know about snowboard edge sharpeners, including different types, techniques and tips for optimal use.


How do you use an edge sharpener?

Edge sharpeners are designed to sharpen the steel edges of snowboards and skis, keeping them sharp and maintaining a good grip on the snow. Regular sharpening keeps the edges of your snowboard or skis in top condition, which is essential for a safe and enjoyable riding experience. Most edge sharpeners allow you to set the angle at which you want the steel edge sharpened. Place the board in a suitable clamp. Run the edge sharpener along the steel edge from tip to tail in a smooth motion. Apply equal pressure on the edge sharpener over the entire spring of the steel edge.

Different types of edge sharpeners

Basically, there are two different types of edge sharpener. Snowboard edge sharpener with which you can adjust the angle yourself to your liking. There are also edge sharpeners with a fixed angle.

  1. Lace sharpeners fixed angle: These edge sharpeners require manual operation and are ideal for use at home or on the go. They are usually compact and portable, making them easy to fit into a backpack or travel bag. Manual edge sharpeners are available in a variety of styles and sizes, including files, stones and multi-angle tools, so you can choose what best suits your needs.
  2. Adjustable Edge Grinders: Adjustable edge grinders offer flexibility and adjustability for different angles and edge profiles. These sharpeners feature adjustable guides or clamps, allowing you to adjust the angle and depth of sharpening to your specific needs. Adjustable edge grinders are popular with experienced riders looking for maximum control over their grinding process.

How do you sharpen a steel edge with an edge sharpener?

Sharpening the steel edges of your snowboard or skis requires care and precision to achieve consistent results. Here are the general steps to follow when using an edge sharpener:

  1. Ensure proper preparation: Make sure your snowboard or skis are clean and dry before you begin sharpening. Remove dirt, dust and excess wax from the steel edges to ensure a smooth sharpening process. It is best to make the steel edge stainless with an oxide stone.
  2. Choose the Right Angle: Adjust the edge grinder to the desired angle for sharpening the steel edges. This can vary depending on your riding style, terrain and personal preference.
  3. Start Sharpening: Move the edge sharpener evenly along the steel edge of the snowboard or ski, using even pressure and motion. Work from the tip to the tail and repeat as necessary for even wear.
  4. Check Your Work: Periodically check the sharpness and evenness of the steel edges while sharpening. If necessary, adjust pressure and angle to achieve optimal results. Pass your nail over the steel edge. When you see the steel edge lift slightly off your nail, the steel edge is sharp.
  5. Remove Excess Metal: After sharpening, wipe any excess metal dust from the steel edges and base of the snowboard or skis. Clean the base thoroughly to prevent metal dust from accumulating and affecting performance. After this, you can polish the grinding burrs and steel edge with a diamond file

Helpful tips for using edge grinders

  • Exercise Light Pressure on the Edge Gr inder: Start with light pressure while grinding and gradually increase pressure as needed to avoid excessive wear and damage to the steel edges.
  • Keep the Angle Constant: Maintain a constant angle during grinding to ensure even results and prevent uneven steel edges.
  • Use Quality Tools: Invest in high-quality edge grinders and accessories for long-lasting and reliable performance. In our collection, you'll find edge sharpeners from Holmenkol. Holmenkol edge sharpeners are also used by the professionals.
  • Maintain your Sharpeners: Keep your edge sharpeners clean and free of dirt and metal dust to ensure optimal performance and extend the life of your tools.

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Buy Snowboard edge sharpeners online

Looking for a good snowboard edge sharpener? Then you've come to the right place. In our collection of snowboard maintenance products, you'll find the best edge sharpeners from Holmenkol. Order online safely and quickly so you can get started. Did you know you can also find wax and sharpening products and even complete wax sets and sharpening sets? Do you have specialist questions about sharpening your snowboard? Feel free to contact osn or drop by our snowboard shop.