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10-25-2010, 03:11 PM
Join Date: Nov 2003
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One thing I've never had a good understanding of is skate sharpening. I've played my entire life, always getting a 5/8 cut and always not liking my skates when they're freshly sharpened. I used to get them sharpened and than rub my feet on the rubber mats in the locker room before getting on the ice as a kid. As I got older and my dad was no longer telling me when to get my skates sharpened, I simply started putting off getting my blades cut for longer periods of time. While teammates were getting their skates sharpened every 1-2 weeks I would wait a month between sharpenings, despite being on the ice 3-5 times per week, year round.
I've played at various high levels throughout my life, up through DI club and have always been one of the best skaters on my teams. The biggest strengths of my entire game have always been agility, balance, speed and acceleration. I rarely lose an edge (certainly not noticeably more than any of my teammates) and have very good speed and balance on tight turns at high speeds. My skating has never suffered no matter how long I've put off sharpening for.
Well... that brings me to today, and this topic. Following my usual habits, after my most recent sharpening I continued to skate on my dulled edges long after most friends/teammates would have re-sharpened. Between practice, games and pick-up (which still amounts to between 3-5 days on the ice, 2 hours average, a week) I didn't notice my edge feeling any worse for wear as time wore on so I just kept putting off getting a sharpening. I occasionally hit my skates with the stone before a game or practice to take off burs, but otherwise just kept skating without feeling my game decline one bit. In fact, if anything, I would say that my game has slowly, slightly improved (not because of the non-sharpening, just in other facets). So here's the kicker... I recently noticed that it has been a full year since my last sharpening. I have skated an average of 3 days a week, during that entire year with few exceptions. As I mentioned, I've played at fairly high levels and am a good skater, so this is not a case of not being good enough to notice the difference. Am a I freak?
I have read that Messier and Coffey barely used any hollow on their skates and that good natural skaters don't necessarily need much of an edge to skate well. I'm not claiming to have that kind of natural ability, but is that true? I swear to you, I haven't sharpened my skates in just over a year now and I can still outskate most of my teammates if not a good portion of my entire league. How is this possible? My teammates won't get over it and say that I'm lying or they can't believe I'm able to skate on these blades. What's the consensus?
Are you heavier or use more rocker? Both give you more relative bite.
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