We Are Serious About Sharpening Your Skates

 

Maintenance sharpening                                      $6.00

Complete clean up                                              $10.00

Cross grind blade back to profile specs

Profile skates                                                      $20.00

 

 

Skate Sharpening – What Is Happening Here?
– A skate is sharpened by grinding (or cutting) a concave semi – circle  into each skate blade. This semi – circle is called the “hollow.” The  hollow creates your edges both inside and out. The “hollow” is created  by a diamond tipped dresser on our skate sharpening machine. The hollow  can be created in a wide variety of depths anywhere from 2” to ¼”. Each  depth will have a different feel when you are on the ice. Our most  common hollows are:  Goalies: 5/8”  and          Players: 9/16 (deeper).”

The smaller the number, the deeper the hollow will be; the larger the number, the shallower the hollow will be.

A deeper hollow will give you more “grip” on the ice, thus your skate  blade will “feel” sharper. Advantages: Edges will “bite” more in turns,  giving more control to hold the edge(s). Disadvantages: Could cause you  to lose speed due to the fact the blade is digging into the ice surface  more.

A shallower hollow will still have “grip” – but less than that of a  deeper hollow. Thus having the feeling of not being as sharp.  Advantages: a smoother gliding feeling due to less drag. Easier stops  and starts. Disadvantages: Less “bite” in turns. Edges may feel like  they are sliding out from under you.

Choosing a hollow is going to depend mostly on your personal preference.

Some other factors to consider when choosing a hollow is the weather at  the current time of year. Why does the weather outside have anything to  do with skate sharpening, you ask? Well, skaters should sharpen their  skates based on ice conditions, so keep in mind the softer the ice  surface, the deeper your hollow will feel and vice versa.

How often you sharpen your skates is also going to be a matter of  personal preference. Some players will sharpen their skates every time  they skate. Check your skates for any nicks, stripped or “rolled” edges  after you skate. If there are any you may want to get your skates  sharpened if that is the case.