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# Who can help explain blades to me?

 01-14-2010, 11:37 PM #1 1Knee1T OHH MAMMA DONT U CRY     Join Date: Jun 2008 Country: Posts: 3,220 vCash: 500 Who can help explain blades to me? I've been trying to compare blades from company to company (Sherwood to Bauer, etc ) but I have no idea what most of the terms mean. http://www.hockeymonkey.com/bauer-blade-patterns.html Curve type, curve depth, curve size, face angle, and lie are what get me.
 01-15-2010, 02:27 AM #2 cptjeff [insert joke here]     Join Date: Sep 2008 Location: Washington, DC. Country: Posts: 9,844 vCash: 450 Type- where it bends. Near the shaft (heel), in the middle, (mid), or at the end (toe). Depth- How far it bends. Shallow won't be bent much, deep will be bent a lot. In numerical terms, the smaller the number the shallower the curve. NHL limit is 3/4", that's a very deep curve. It used to be 1/2", so that's still plenty deep. Curve size- the numerical expression of depth. Face angle- How open the blade is. Think the face angle on golf clubs, for example a 5 iron versus a wedge. The more open it is, the more it's going to be angled up like a wedge. Lie is the angle the blade makes with the shaft. The higher the number, the closer to 90°. 5.5 is average. 5 is a low lie, 6 is a high one.
 01-15-2010, 09:38 AM #3 thedoc1019 Registered User     Join Date: Nov 2009 Location: Florida Posts: 115 vCash: 500 this is what helped me: http://wildabouthockey.blogspot.com/...e-and-lie.html
 01-15-2010, 12:05 PM #4 Jarick Doing Nothing     Join Date: Jul 2007 Location: St Paul, MN Country: Posts: 25,250 vCash: 500 Nice, my work is starting to pay off
01-15-2010, 12:29 PM
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 Originally Posted by cptjeff Type- where it bends. Near the shaft (heel), in the middle, (mid), or at the end (toe). Depth- How far it bends. Shallow won't be bent much, deep will be bent a lot. In numerical terms, the smaller the number the shallower the curve. NHL limit is 3/4", that's a very deep curve. It used to be 1/2", so that's still plenty deep. Curve size- the numerical expression of depth. Face angle- How open the blade is. Think the face angle on golf clubs, for example a 5 iron versus a wedge. The more open it is, the more it's going to be angled up like a wedge. Lie is the angle the blade makes with the shaft. The higher the number, the closer to 90°. 5.5 is average. 5 is a low lie, 6 is a high one.
That sums it up.

 01-15-2010, 04:25 PM #6 1Knee1T OHH MAMMA DONT U CRY     Join Date: Jun 2008 Country: Posts: 3,220 vCash: 500 Nice, thanks guys.
01-15-2010, 06:51 PM
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 Originally Posted by cptjeff Type- where it bends. Near the shaft (heel), in the middle, (mid), or at the end (toe). Depth- How far it bends. Shallow won't be bent much, deep will be bent a lot. In numerical terms, the smaller the number the shallower the curve. NHL limit is 3/4", that's a very deep curve. It used to be 1/2", so that's still plenty deep. Curve size- the numerical expression of depth. Face angle- How open the blade is. Think the face angle on golf clubs, for example a 5 iron versus a wedge. The more open it is, the more it's going to be angled up like a wedge. Lie is the angle the blade makes with the shaft. The higher the number, the closer to 90°. 5.5 is average. 5 is a low lie, 6 is a high one.
I always thought of depth of how concentrated the curve is. The Easton Shanahan is 3/4" (12/16") while the Warrior Smyth is 9/16" but the Smyth is Deep and the Shanny is Moderate. The Smyth looks deeper side by side too. I think the verbal description gives you an idea of a hook v. gentle curve and helps more accurately describe the blade then simply a number.

One thing that still gets me is face angle: Neutral v. Closed. What's the difference cpt?

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