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mistrhanky 03-11-2013 04:30 PM

Imperfect skate blades...
 
I am pretty sure my skate blades, at least one of them, are not straight. How badly does this really effect your skating?

PlayBall 03-11-2013 04:35 PM

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Originally Posted by mistrhanky (Post 61453945)
I am pretty sure my skate blades, at least one of them, are not straight. How badly does this really effect your skating?

It will completely mess it up. Take it to a nearby shop and ask the guys there for help.

mistrhanky 03-11-2013 08:27 PM

Here is a picture of it. I don't know if you can really tell or not. I am not a very good skater, but it seems to me that a bent blade can't be helping. And yes, that is a 14 skate.

Is straightening a blade a common task or something where they need a day or two to work on it, anyone know?
http://www.mistrhanky.com/images/boot.jpg

simnorm 03-11-2013 09:44 PM

poor skating, and nearly impossible to sharpen right.

On my skates, the blade wasn't the problem. It was the base of the skate that wasn't leveled. They had to place shims between the skate and holder, and place new rivets. The blade straighten out after that.

Wilch 03-11-2013 09:48 PM

Looks like it may be bent. Try putting a ruler flat against the side of the blade. If there's any space between the ruler and the blade you might want to take it to a shop.

PlayBall 03-12-2013 12:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Wilch (Post 61473829)
Looks like it may be bent. Try putting a ruler flat against the side of the blade. If there's any space between the ruler and the blade you might want to take it to a shop.

Definitely looks bent, I agree.

Take it to a good sharpener and afterwards you should also be able to balance a coin such as a quarter(or if you're Canadian, the loonie) on the blade of the skate. It should appear to lay perfectly flat, forming a 90 degree straight angle.

Also, it won't take them long to straighten it unless there's a serious defect to begin with. If you're worried about missing your next shinny, or couple rec games, I would not sweat it. Odds are on they can straighten it right away, or worse, sell you new blades. I doubt you will be out of skates for any period of time because of this.

AIREAYE 03-12-2013 08:33 AM

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Originally Posted by PlayBall (Post 61480683)
Definitely looks bent, I agree.

Take it to a good sharpener and afterwards you should also be able to balance a coin such as a quarter(or if you're Canadian, the loonie) on the blade of the skate. It should appear to lay perfectly flat, forming a 90 degree straight angle.

Also, it won't take them long to straighten it unless there's a serious defect to begin with. If you're worried about missing your next shinny, or couple rec games, I would not sweat it. Odds are on they can straighten it right away, or worse, sell you new blades. I doubt you will be out of skates for any period of time because of this.

That has nothing to do with the straightness of the steel, but rather, the levelness of the edges.

sanityplease 03-12-2013 09:06 AM

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Originally Posted by mistrhanky (Post 61453945)
I am pretty sure my skate blades, at least one of them, are not straight. How badly does this really effect your skating?

If it's really bent as much as it appears to be it will really affect your skating (I've wondered if mine have been bent in the past-optical illusion- & put a straightedge on it & nope!).

I've seen warped boots/holders from DIY home baking (the guy blamed his problem on bent steel....), make sure you take it to someone who really knows what they're doing.

PlayBall 03-12-2013 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by AIREAYE (Post 61487533)
That has nothing to do with the straightness of the steel, but rather, the levelness of the edges.

You're right. I just shared that tip because if one thing's wrong, the blades might not be level as well.

mistrhanky 03-29-2013 01:38 PM

Thought I would come back and post an update.

Indeed, my blades were bent. My right skate(dominant foot) had about the back third of the skate bending as much as 1/8" off of level. My left had some center unevenness as well. I took them to a local pro shop and they were able to straighten them in about 5 minutes. They immediately felt better on the ice. Then, this week, I had them sharpened up and it felt even better. Amazing difference. Thanks for the good advice.

LarryO 03-29-2013 04:52 PM

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Originally Posted by AIREAYE (Post 61487533)
That has nothing to do with the straightness of the steel, but rather, the levelness of the edges.

But if the blade is bent, it will be hard to get a sharpening that's level everywhere along the blade.

newfr4u 03-29-2013 04:59 PM

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Originally Posted by sanityplease (Post 61488395)
I've seen warped boots/holders from DIY home baking (the guy blamed his problem on bent steel....), make sure you take it to someone who really knows what they're doing.

can you please explain? DIY home baking is really easy, as long as you watch the temperature and not removing the blades keeps the holder from changing shape.

TieClark 03-29-2013 05:33 PM

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Originally Posted by LarryO (Post 62726187)
But if the blade is bent, it will be hard to get a sharpening that's level everywhere along the blade.

Yes, but placing a quarter is only going to tell you if the line is correct or not. It has nothing to do with whether your blade it bent or not.

Fanned On It 03-29-2013 05:46 PM

Certain shops have machines made just for straightening out hockey blades (mine doesn't ((Sad face)))... it's like a little press and it'll straighten your blade out for sure. Beware though, sometimes bent steel can cause the blade channel in your TUUK to warp as well.

LarryO 03-29-2013 05:49 PM

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Originally Posted by TieClark (Post 62728437)
Yes, but placing a quarter is only going to tell you if the line is correct or not. It has nothing to do with whether your blade it bent or not.

I never said anything about a quarter. But if a blade is bent, it can be level a few inches from the toe and level a few inches from the heel but be out of level in the center of the blade.

TieClark 03-29-2013 05:53 PM

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Originally Posted by LarryO (Post 62729323)
I never said anything about a quarter. But if a blade is bent, it can be level a few inches from the toe and level a few inches from the heel but be out of level in the center of the blade.

Yes you're correct, however he was replying to a quote stating to use a quarter and see if it's level

Fanned On It 03-29-2013 05:53 PM

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Originally Posted by LarryO (Post 62729323)
I never said anything about a quarter. But if a blade is bent, it can be level a few inches from the toe and level a few inches from the heel but be out of level in the center of the blade.

Great point. I was going to say this myself but decided not to lol. Just because your edges are level at one end of the blade or even both ends doesn't mean it's level all throughout.

LarryO 03-29-2013 05:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Fanned On It (Post 62729183)
Certain shops have machines made just for straightening out hockey blades (mine doesn't ((Sad face)))... it's like a little press and it'll straighten your blade out for sure. Beware though, sometimes bent steel can cause the blade channel in your TUUK to warp as well.

Or your steel can be straight but putting it in a bent holder will hold the blade in a curve. That's why sometimes when you have one bent blade, you can switch the blades of the two skates and see whether the curve is in the holder or the blade.


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