Good Skate Sharpening

Consistency is the key to good skate sharpening, skate blades which have been poorly maintained are harder to sharpen and do not perform well.

The life span of a poorly sharpened skate blade can be less than half that of blades sharpened and maintained properly.A good profile and proper radius (depth of hollow) allows the skates to work with the skater.

Skating on the ice not in the ice. A clean accurate radius will produce equal bite angles, improving a skater’s confidence in the blades and reduces body compensations.

If the blades are poor quality steel, rusted, or have been overheated by a bad sharpening, they are considered to be weak. Weak edges wear down quickly and are prone to breaking off leaving behind a false edge.

Some skate sharpeners try to solve this problem by sharpening with a deeper radius, but this only compounds the problem.The deeper hollow gives the skater an edge, but the skate will control the skater and we all know the number one factor in skating is SKATER CONTROL.

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Check your edges after each skate. It's easier to have them sharpened after you skate rather than remembering right before you skate.

  1. Keep your skates dry. Not only the blades (especially non-stainless steel) but the boots as well. Remove them from your bag so they dry completely before your next skate. Wet skates deteriorate quicker, are heavier to skate in and SMELL really bad for your favorite skate sharpener! NOK OUT will solve the smell problem and sanitize the skate as well.
  2. Also, if the foot beds in your skates are removable take those out too. This will reduce the chance of your skate rivets from rusting.
  3. Check the eyelets in the boot, especially around the ankle flex area, these get the most pressure and are usually the first to become damaged. The next are those closer to the toe, these are prone to damage from other skates.

Because to Skate Your Best,
You Have to be Able to Rely on Your Blades...

Whether you're a figure skater or a hockey player, good skate sharpening is one of the best kept secrets to peak performance.  After all, you need to feel confident that the flow of the blade is smooth and easy.

If you're a figure skater, you're judged on your ability to control your edges--something that skate sharpening directly affects.  Good skate sharpening can mean the difference between hitting or missing a jump...or even winning or losing a competition!