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11-10-2006, 02:19 AM
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Sharpening skates

Um, how often do you guys sharpen your skates? I know it depends on how much you use them, but say what would you expect for me....I skate on average once to twice a week for a couple hours each, at least most of which i'm actually practising or doing drills not just lazily skating.

I uh, haven't exactly sharpened them since the beginning of the year even though I know they're blunt, but after a terrible night trying to negotiate curves I'm putting them in this weekend. And some guy next to me thought he was bad cos he hadnt done it for 4 months. ;P

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You should be doing it at least once a month.

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For me personally, I would say I do it every other month. This is after I found a good sharpener...before that it was more like every 3 weeks. I'm on the ice once to twice a week like you. But I get a really shallow hollow-- usually 5/8" or so, it'll last a bit longer. I learned to skate with really crappy sharpenings too so I'm used to having dull blades. I'm a lightweight guy too so I'm just used to it, and if I can still do decent turns I'm ok. But I also take a one of those stones and go on my blades after every session to help keep the edge a bit better. I've had a teammate who sharpened his skates twice in the 3 years he's owned them, and teammates who sharpen every other game it seems, so it's up to you and how you feel.

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I get mine done usually once every 2-3 weeks depending on how many games I play.

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10-15 hours of skating. Also depends on how hard the ice is.

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After about every 10-12 games/practices...with reffing though and my adult leagues that comes to about every 2-3 weeks. Thankfully I'm good friends with the guy who runs the pro shop so he does them for free for me because it would come out to over $150 a year on shake sharpening.

A few years ago I would only get them done like once or twice a YEAR....but I noticed the duller your skates...the more times you fall in that damn rut in the ice.

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every 3-5 games for me, the ice i play on is pretty poo.. if you live in the toronto area the best skate sharpener in town works at miliken mills if you want your skates done..

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With the amount you skate (which is similiar to me) I'd go once a month, but if you like em real sharp, then 2x a month. But it depends on what you like...

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I have mine sharpened every 5 games or so.

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After about every 10-12 games/practices...with reffing though and my adult leagues that comes to about every 2-3 weeks. Thankfully I'm good friends with the guy who runs the pro shop so he does them for free for me because it would come out to over $150 a year on shake sharpening.

A few years ago I would only get them done like once or twice a YEAR....but I noticed the duller your skates...the more times you fall in that damn rut in the ice.

Which pro shop?

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Which pro shop?
Totally off-topic...but noticed your sreenname. Finally know who Vakar Lajos is

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Totally off-topic...but noticed your sreenname. Finally know who Vakar Lajos is
It's a good story. I first heard about him in Dave Bidini's book "Tropic of Hockey" (EXCELLENT READ!!)

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t blades all the way, get new ones after 25-30 hours.

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It's a good story. I first heard about him in Dave Bidini's book "Tropic of Hockey" (EXCELLENT READ!!)
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Which pro shop?
Its a pro shop inside a rink near me. Its in Mt. Vernon.

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t blades all the way, get new ones after 25-30 hours.
Agreed.

No more having to waste time/money getting your blades rockered.
The system is usually lighter in weight.
You pick your blade length and hollow, which is EXACT each time (unlike sharpening).
You can change them yourself.
If you're into the looks, there are many colors to pick from.
And for the cost of a new set, you'd be in tough to squeeze out the same amount in sharpenings.
Lighter, cost-effective, time saving, and more reliable.

Only issue that I have with them is that they're a bit louder.

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Agreed.

No more having to waste time/money getting your blades rockered.
The system is usually lighter in weight.
You pick your blade length and hollow, which is EXACT each time (unlike sharpening).
You can change them yourself.
If you're into the looks, there are many colors to pick from.
And for the cost of a new set, you'd be in tough to squeeze out the same amount in sharpenings.
Lighter, cost-effective, time saving, and more reliable.

Only issue that I have with them is that they're a bit louder.
They aren't really that consistent. I had a few issues with actual length and hollow vs. claimed length and hollow.

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