How big should skate blades be?
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12-20-2011, 10:05 AM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
Do you still have your old skates? If so bring them and the new ones into the shop and have them match the profile radius.
When you get new skates, the toe and heel are fairly squared off. As they get sharpened, usually a bit more material is taken off there until it's very rounded.
I'm guessing since you've been playing for so long and it's a recent problem that you just got adapted to the radius of your old skates. And now there's extra material at the toe and heel which is causing you to catch an edge on your turns.
Personally, I used Bauer skates for four years before getting Grafs. Bauer skates have a 9' radius. My Grafs had a longer runner and an 11' radius. I had a huge issue losing edges on transitions and turns. Once I had them profiled to a 9' radius the problems went away completely.
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