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01-27-2010, 01:44 PM
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How often do you have your skates sharpened?

I have heard a variety of opinions and was wondering what everyone here does...

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I prefer 5 hours, but sometimes i get lazy and it goes up to 10-15.

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It's really preference. I skate twice a week and usually get them sharpened every 2 weeks, so 4 hours of skating before I get them sharpened again.

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Not as often as I'd like. I don't like having them done at the shop in the arena where I play, so I go to my LHS. I can't get out there much due to my schedule, so it's usually about once a month, which is approximately every 10-12 hours of ice time.

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once a year for me, play a bit of pickup and close to 70 hours of refereeing

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I try to get them sharpened once a month.

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Nitinol blades. 2-4 times a week (so 3-10 hours). haven't needed them done since beginning of December.

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Usually once a week for my daughter's skates which averages 4-6 hours of ice time.

I just switched her from 9/16ths to flat bottom V though, so I'll see if that makes any difference.

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probably every two games and and two practice(i coach so im not really skating that much) at most

i do them myself for free so i just sharpen them alot cause why not

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Usually around 5 hours of hockey. Open skates have less of an effect on them since you're not stopping as much. I would say 2 hours of open skate equals a session of hockey.

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I'm the type of player that doesn't like having really sharp skates or else i start falling whenever i try to stop, so i usualy just use my buddie's skate sharpener and give it 1 or 2 strokes down the blade plus it saves me money =).

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when playing i go every 3 skates, but i like them done before a morning skate/practice before a game so i can skate once on them before.

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I usually go 5-6 games, each being an hour and a half, that would be 7.5-9 hours-ish.

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Every 4-6 times on the ice playing hockey (powerskating, stick and puck, games).

I usually go by feel, which is a mixed blessing. I usually don't realize that my skates are too dull until I hit the ice and realize that they're too dull

What I consider dull is what a lot of other players would consider very sharp. I really like to dig deep with my edges.

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3-5 games. It's a long drive to my sharpener (only one with FBV around here) so it also depends on how lazy I feel

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I usually play about 4-5 times a week (hour and a half games) but i usually only sharpen my skates about twice a season, once before new new years and once after. Sharp skates just feel awkward to me. Im a pretty good skater and I find that dull skates give me more control for whatever reason

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I'm the type of player that doesn't like having really sharp skates or else i start falling whenever i try to stop, so i usualy just use my buddie's skate sharpener and give it 1 or 2 strokes down the blade plus it saves me money =).
Try a shallower hollow.

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I try to get them sharpened once a month.
Same here. Play 1-2 times a week, so that would put me at or around 8 hours. I start to get nicks and I use a 7/16, 6 ft 190lbs so I start to feel it when they need it. And like others have mentioned there are only a few places I trust to have my skates sharpened. I once got on the ice for a league game and had no edge on the inside of my left skate, it was miserable and embarrassing. I had to figure out how to skate without tearing my groin while doing my job for my team, good times.

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All depends, when I played competitive hockey I had them done once every two-three weeks.

Now im playing in a fun rec league on campus and its still peeling my nail off when I run it down them, got them sharpened once since October.

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About 7-10 games. I usally play about 1-3 times a week so go once a month to get them done.

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It definitely helps that my father has a skate sharpener. He's a really handy guy when it comes to anything equipment related, like my own personal equipment manager haha. It's all about feeling for me; sometimes I can go 5 games without a sharpening, sometimes I get it done after 1 game. I guess I'm a bit spoiled.

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I have heard a variety of opinions and was wondering what everyone here does...
It varies for me, I have no set time table. I sharpen them when it is needed which you can tell when playing if you are slipping or not grabbing like you are used to.

The last sharpening lasted me for about 10 sessions indoors. I have a second pair I use outdoors and I played 4 times outdoors last week and they were toast after those 4 times as outdoor ice is brutally awful on your edges.

One rink I play at has exposed metal bolts that hold the board there and are in reach of a skate blade while sitting on the bench. The bench also has exposed bolts so sometimes I notice big nicks and gouges and obviously need a sharpening after.

The other important thing to factor into your question is what hollow one uses and their weight they are. I use a shallow hollow which gives me more speed but takes away from sharp cuts and stop starts. My style of play warrants it.

The downside of a shallow hollow is they lose their edge sooner and require sharpenings more often than the "normal" hollow.

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what the hell is a "normal" hollow?

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Normal hollow is roughly 1/2".

I'm on the FBV 100/50 right now, usually get it done every 6-8 skates...I don't mind the edges being a bit dull.

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