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02-11-2013, 08:28 AM
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Stone Sharpening with SkateMate or other to keep blades sharp?

I thought I would check and see how many of you guys use a SkateMate, Sweet Stick, EdgeAgain or other stone sharpening tool between sharpening’s to prolong your edge.

Any experience with these good or bad?

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I thought I would check and see how many of you guys use a SkateMate, Sweet Stick, EdgeAgain or other stone sharpening tool between sharpening’s to prolong your edge.

Any experience with these good or bad?

Thanks!
I borrowed a tool like this from my teammate last weekend. Seemed to work pretty well. Definitely made the edges better.

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I use a Miracle Stone, it's a very high quality honing stone. It will de-burr the edges and give you a little extra life.

Skate sharpening tools typically change the shape of the edges. I used one once and couldn't for the life of me stay on my feet. Not sure about the Skate Mate though.

I dunno...I go usually 2-3 months between sharpenings. Honing stone might help but I think I'm just used to it.

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2-3 months between sharpenings.......how many hours on the ice is that or how many sessions? Seems like a LOOOONG time, which is great! I see you have your skates profiled, do you think it adds to the longer duration?


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I use a Miracle Stone, it's a very high quality honing stone. It will de-burr the edges and give you a little extra life.

Skate sharpening tools typically change the shape of the edges. I used one once and couldn't for the life of me stay on my feet. Not sure about the Skate Mate though.

I dunno...I go usually 2-3 months between sharpenings. Honing stone might help but I think I'm just used to it.

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I have a Sweet Stick that I keep in my bag for emergencies. I've only used it a few times but the key to using it is less is more. it requires a VERY light touch. most people who try it out don't read the directions and put too much pressure on it and/or use it at the wrong angle. if you use it correctly it'll get you through a game, maybe 2 but after that you'll need your skates sharpened properly.

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I only skate once a week and rarely feel like I'm losing my edges. Then again maybe it's because I haven't been outdoors much the last couple years, that's a little harder on the edges.

I'm not sure if it's the FBV sharpening, but ever since I switched over (maybe three years ago) I can go forever between sharpenings.

Half the time I don't actually need a sharpening, I'm just in the area and I get lifetime free sharpenings at the place I bought my skates (which they since stopped doing...I will try and keep the skates forever!). Did that this weekend actually, stopped in to get a stick for my kid and they didn't have a wait, I had my skates in the car...done.

I only had the skates profiled to match my old ones. Grafs have an 11' radius and put you on your toes, and I had so much trouble adjusting I went back and had them do a 9' radius and neutral. If/when my steel goes (I've had them three years and maybe halfway through them?), I'll probably have LS2's put on them if it's a wash for the cost between new blades and a profiling vs new holders and blades and a sharpening.

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http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...d.php?t=869166

I just found this thread I wouldn've posted this if I saw this previously!! Concensus on this thread is to AVOID them. Seems to have a large majority of guys saying they ruined a decent edge with these.

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Yeah I got that from Mod Squad...folks smarter than me hate them. Also got the Miracle Stone tip. The stones at shops are sandpaper glued to a rock, but the Miracle Stone is an actual honing stone where the rock has fine grain in it.

I suppose you could find any flat true honing stone and it would work, but they were cheap to order online.

Here's the website

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http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...d.php?t=869166

I just found this thread I wouldn've posted this if I saw this previously!! Concensus on this thread is to AVOID them. Seems to have a large majority of guys saying they ruined a decent edge with these.
If you manage to ruin your edges with these tools, it's probably because you did it wrong.

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The sweet stick is a good tool of last resort. I rarely use it but when I have it's been a life saver. 1 - 2 gentle swipes. Just enough to roll the edge to restore some bite. The last time I needed I played a period and half with no bite on my right foot inside edge. Damn near crushed our goalie when I couldn't stop. Wiped out a few times trying to turn. A few swipes between periods and I was able to finish the game without any issues.

A buddy on my county league team gets his skates sharpened maybe twice a season and goes to town with the sweet stick before every game. And then he wonders why he can't skate worth a damn.

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The sweet stick is a good tool of last resort. I rarely use it but when I have it's been a life saver. 1 - 2 gentle swipes. Just enough to roll the edge to restore some bite. The last time I needed I played a period and half with no bite on my right foot inside edge. Damn near crushed our goalie when I couldn't stop. Wiped out a few times trying to turn. A few swipes between periods and I was able to finish the game without any issues.

A buddy on my county league team gets his skates sharpened maybe twice a season and goes to town with the sweet stick before every game. And then he wonders why he can't skate worth a damn.
Exactly... it's a tool where you can't get a sharpen before the game but really need one. Couple swipes and you should be good for a game... but you still need to get them sharpened. None of these tools actually replace a sharpen, just can prolong the life of a sharpen for can give you an emergency edge for a game.

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If you manage to ruin your edges with these tools, it's probably because you did it wrong.
this. I have actually seen guys in the locker room drag a Sweet Stick over their edges as hard as they can because they were too stupid to actually read the directions. used properly these things will get you out of a jam.

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