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11-10-2013, 04:22 PM
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What blade sharpening do you use?

What do you use and what is standard? I have used 1/2 all my life but want to try another just don't know what

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What do you use and what is standard? I have used 1/2 all my life but want to try another just don't know what
Talk to your preferred sharpener who should be able to make recommendations based on your skates and usage.

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Do you need more bite or less bite?

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If you want more bite into the ice, get a lower numbered hollow (ie. <1/2) and for less bite get higher (>1/2). Go in small increments at a time though, especially if you play. If you get a really dramatically different cut, like a 1/4 going from a 1/2, and you hate it, it takes a while to dull it enough until it can be sharpened effectively. So go by 1/8 increments. So if you want more bite, go 7/16, less go 9/16, etc.

To answer your question in the title, I use a 1/2, I tried 7/16 and I just like the balance of the amount of bite that you get with a 1/2 a little more than a 7/16.

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One of the big points is that a deeper hollow, e.g. 3/8s, 7/16s etc will give you physically larger edges at the cost of glide. It will take less energy to, for example, hit your edges on crossovers but require you to push off harder on your forward stride. If your agility & edgework feels really good but you seem to be biting into the ice too much at times, use a shallower hollow. If you've used 1/2, move to 9/16 or 5/8.

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7/16 all the way

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Depends on preference and body weight.

When I first started playing I was heavier than I am now (170-180 range on average) and liked a low bite, so I had a 7/8" hollow. Gained some weight and was briefly using a 1" hollow but that didn't last long and I had to quit playing for a while.

I'm now in the 130's for body weight and use a 3/4" grind.

For skating in goal, I like a very sharp bite and use a 3/8" grind.

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Depends entirely why you want a new cut... what you're looking for specifically can just be told to any skate sharpener who knows what they're doing and they can provide options. Size/weight and what kind of ice you're skating on (harder/softer) are the 2 main things to look at but again it really comes down to why you want a change. More of a bite, more of a glide, etc.

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If you want more bite into the ice, get a lower numbered hollow (ie. <1/2) and for less bite get higher (>1/2). Go in small increments at a time though, especially if you play. If you get a really dramatically different cut, like a 1/4 going from a 1/2, and you hate it, it takes a while to dull it enough until it can be sharpened effectively. So go by 1/8 increments. So if you want more bite, go 7/16, less go 9/16, etc.

To answer your question in the title, I use a 1/2, I tried 7/16 and I just like the balance of the amount of bite that you get with a 1/2 a little more than a 7/16.
All the sharpener has to do is cross grind the blade one or two times and the blade becomes flat. You can drastically change all you want, it still wouldn't be smart though unless you're looking for a drastic change.

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Depends entirely why you want a new cut... what you're looking for specifically can just be told to any skate sharpener who knows what they're doing and they can provide options. Size/weight and what kind of ice you're skating on (harder/softer) are the 2 main things to look at but again it really comes down to why you want a change. More of a bite, more of a glide, etc.
Also if skating indoors or outdoors.

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So if I am using 1/2 what would be the next sharper cut? 9/16?

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1/4". Love it.

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1/4". Love it.
Just my personal opinion but I feel like that is too sharp, to the point of being dangerous for your fellow players.

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Use to get the 1/4 inch but now use the flat bottom v. I find you can glide longer on them and you have quicker tight turns with them. I'd recommend the 1/4 inch for heavier players, I'm 195 and didn't find them too sharp, if you don't want to doll out the extra couple of bucks for the flat bottoms.

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So if I am using 1/2 what would be the next sharper cut? 9/16?
For more bite, you need to go to a smaller value which would be 7/16".

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I'd recommend the 1/4 inch for heavier players
Heavier players would want less bite, not more. Lighter players would need more bite to compensate for the lack of gravity helping with the bite.

5/8" here, soft ice.

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So if I am using 1/2 what would be the next sharper cut? 9/16?
Personally, I don't think anyone would realistically notice the difference of a 16th interval. I think it's all head games for the most part with that. If you have noticed that you want a sharper edge, I'd go 3/8 where you will definitely notice a difference in sharpness.

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Personally, I don't think anyone would realistically notice the difference of a 16th interval. I think it's all head games for the most part with that. If you have noticed that you want a sharper edge, I'd go 3/8 where you will definitely notice a difference in sharpness.
You could do that and if you find the 1/8" difference a bit too much, then you could dial it back down to 7/16".

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You could do that and if you find the 1/8" difference a bit too much, then you could dial it back down to 7/16".
You could for sure. I just think when you're moving in increments of 16th's it really isn't enough to notice unless you're actively looking for a difference. If you got your skates sharpened expecting 1/2 inch and got either 7/16ths or 9/16ths I don't think you'd notice as long as the sharpen is done right.

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Use to get the 1/4 inch but now use the flat bottom v. I find you can glide longer on them and you have quicker tight turns with them. I'd recommend the 1/4 inch for heavier players, I'm 195 and didn't find them too sharp, if you don't want to doll out the extra couple of bucks for the flat bottoms.
Are you sure you were on 1/4"? That is an extremely deep hollow and I've never met anyone other than one goaltender that uses it.

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Are you sure you were on 1/4"? That is an extremely deep hollow and I've never met anyone other than one goaltender that uses it.
Agreed. I'm thinking 3/8's

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So if I am using 1/2 right now is that pretty much standard or is that sharper or less sharp than standard?

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Use to get the 1/4 inch but now use the flat bottom v. I find you can glide longer on them and you have quicker tight turns with them. I'd recommend the 1/4 inch for heavier players, I'm 195 and didn't find them too sharp, if you don't want to doll out the extra couple of bucks for the flat bottoms.
how you havent ripped your groin out is amazing with that deep a hollow. And you are one of the beneficiaries of flat bottom cut giving you that tighter 'tight' turn. Ive heard mixed reviews from many people, some love, some hate.

im heavier (read: fat) and i prefer 7/16 to 1/2 and i found the flat bottom great for 1 skate, then subsequent skates i was underwhelmed so i reverted.


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So if I am using 1/2 right now is that pretty much standard or is that sharper or less sharp than standard?
That's pretty much standard.. very few people actually ask for a specific cut because they don't know there is different cuts to begin with. I know a few places do 5/8 as the regular cut but most are at 1/2.

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