Apologies if already a thread on this but does anyone use skate sharpeners between having their skates sharpened professionally? I've heard that they can prolong the time needed to go between pro sharpenings but I have zero experience with them. If they are good, any recommended brands/models?
I have two of these, and recommend them highly: Miraclestone
A lot of the cheap stones at the hockey shops are rocks with sandpaper glued on them. They will scratch the hell out of your skates. The Miraclestone is a true whet stone which removes the burrs. And they are cheap.
I don't like sharp skates so I usually only get them sharpened every 2-3 months. I will use the Miraclestone maybe once a month if that. I'm lazy.
I've got a sweet stick. It doesn't sharpen per se. What it does is sort of fold in the edges. It's saved my butt a few times. Just last week I must have stepped on something because I had no inside edge at all on one of my skates. A couple of swipes with the sweet stick between periods gave me an edge back. A buddy of mine hasn't had his sharpened in probably 9 months and just keeps using my sweet stick. He's not exactly the most deft of skaters so it's all the same to him, I guess.