Skate SharpeningPosted by Ian Tang on Sep 17, 2014
Keeping hockey skates sharp is an important part of equipment management. When the edges remain sharp, the player is able to perform tight turns and maneuvers quicker and with more ease. Skates that aren’t sharpened can result in slipping, which will sacrifice your skating performance. Discount Hockey recommends checking the edges after each skate. If the skater is using their skates about once or twice a week then it is suggested that the blades be sharpened every three or four weeks. If an advanced skater is playing hockey three or more times a week then it is suggested that the blades be sharpened every two or three weeks. The most common hollows are ⅜”, 7/16”, ½”, 9/16”, ⅝”, ¾”, and 1”.
The “hollow” refers to the concave empty space from one edge of the blade to another. Similar to the curve of a hockey blade, skate hollows are left to preference. As the number increases, the hollow is considered a duller cut. Skaters that enjoy weaving through traffic usually prefer the shallow hollows because the steel will not be digging into the ice as much during extremely agile maneuvers. The advantage to a sharper cut is that it makes it easier for the skater to
dig deep into the ice and propel themselves forward. Players like Matt Duchene and Michael Grabner may enjoy a sharper cut, while skaters like David Perron and Mike Ribeiro might enjoy a duller cut. Every player is different and every skater likes to customize their game style according to strengths and weaknesses. Discount Hockey staff has the experience and ability to cut hockey skates for every player and style.
When it is time to sharpen:
-Chips or gashes appear on the edges.
-Rust accumulates along the steel and edges.
-After stepping on surfaces not meant for skates: screws, metal, cement, hockey sticks, etc.
-Constantly slipping during routine maneuvers (See video below).