Anyone Sharpen Skates?
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05-26-2010, 12:46 PM
Join Date: Apr 2004
As others have said, having someone show you the ropes would be ideal. The last thing you want to do is to develop bad habits and without someone looking over your shoulder, who's to say if your technique is good or bad?
A few tidbits I'll throw out there...
-Take pride in your work, and look interested in what you are doing. There is nothing worse than a sharpener that is not interested in his craft. Standing up straight as a board, your head in the clouds, whipping the skates across the wheel as fast as humanly possible a zillion times looks baaaad.
-Practice your stroke...practice as if you were sharpening a skate, only with the machine off. Get familiar with the table, the holder, the wheel. This works quite well with the cross-grinder, as it can be a little intimidating at first. Get as close to the wheel as you can without touching it, and practice your stroke as if the wheel was spinning.
-Take your time. Who cares if it takes you 15 minutes to do a pair. A long sharpening done right is better than a quick sharpening done wrong.
-No two skates will be the same. You'll have to learn to make slight adjustments from skate to skate. After doing one skate, don't assume that the second skate will be identical. You may have to make small adjustments for the second skate.
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