Do those handheld blade sharpening/re-edging tools work?
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01-28-2011, 06:45 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Tampa, FL
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The cylinder is wide enough that it tracks straight on the blade. Perhaps if you used a shallow hollow it might wobble back and forth, but if you're deep enough, it stays in consistent contact with both sides of the blade at the same time, and the length keeps it straight. That makes it carve evenly from both sides, unless you're being really careless and applying hugely different forces then it's designed to take. Not to mention the fact that it tightens down on the outside of the blade for tracking as well. Basic physics and a calculation of forces will tell you that much. Powerbalance type stuff is simply utter crap with no real scientific background whatsoever.
Next time you clamp it onto the blade push it side-to-side and watch it wobble back and forth. Sure it might track well if your hollow is fresh but what about when you're using it and it has burrs. You're pushing it along so it tracks evenly then a burr comes along and pushes it over. If you push hard enough that a burr doesn't do this then you're forcing it and it's pushing it unevenly.
Your post really demonstrates something I absolutely hate, but is rather prevalent these days- completely unreasonable cynicism. People just assume everything is a sham, simply because they've seen so many shams, and don't want to believe any evidence that might make them believe otherwise, no matter how convincing it may be. I'm not trying to call you out specifically, but it is something that frustrates me in general.
You know what I absolutely hate? Misinformation and people that speak positively about products that don't work. Plenty of pro athletes swear Powerbalance bracelets work! Do you have a quality edge checker to verify your edges are level?
I have never said that it makes your skates unusable, I said it makes your sharpening uneven.
I sharpen my own skates whenever possible, and am pretty meticulous about them. I always make sure to check 'em for evenness at several points along the blade when I get them done by someone else. Traditionally, that someone else has been one trusted guy at home, or a guy who sharpens them for a NCAA DI team. I know a good edge. And yeah, I use a skatemate, and feel that its use on a worn down edge helps more than it hurts. If you want to give me a good reason other than a claim of 'common sense' and a dismissal of my ability to recognize a good sharpening, I welcome it.
Do you use your eye or an edge checker? You do realize how small changes make a big impact on the ice. The difference between hollows are soo small you can't physically see the difference. We're talking 0.125th of an inch, literally. I don't know many people that would argue that they didn't feel a difference if you changed the hollow one click over. I have seen some bad sharpenings including some from NHL pro equipment managers. ..Or like I said before guys with GREAT reputations with hundreds of customers around the country.
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