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Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2009 12:22 p.m. PST

I got new skates last thursday, but I think they might be a little or a lot dull, when I thurst they skates slide a little before it takes a grip on the ice,

I watched some crazy kids that did some amazing stuff on the ice, and it looks like their blades were almost razor sharp

napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Dec 2009 1:12 p.m. PST

Yes they should be, but depending on if your hockey or figure skating makes a difference on how the blades are sharpened.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2009 1:19 p.m. PST

I'm going for Hockey, they are hockey skates after all.

So should I just sharpen them a little, just so the blandes dig in a little more on the ice, for as they are now they don't realy work as I remember skates worked, I havn't been on the ice for 10 years and I simply can't remmber how sharp they should be

quidveritas Inactive Member10 Dec 2009 2:51 p.m. PST

Got to a rink that sells hockey stuff. They will have a contact for someone who sharpens skates. It doesn't cost much and you can get it done right.


kidbananas10 Dec 2009 3:23 p.m. PST

Yes, take them to a rink that has hockey leagues. Someone will be more than happy to help you.

Smokey Roan Inactive Member10 Dec 2009 7:18 p.m. PST

LOL! Yeah, don't sharpen your own skates if you don't have experience with it.

Hockey blades have an inverse groove compared to figure skates.

jtkimmel10 Dec 2009 10:00 p.m. PST

Unless you're wearing goalie skates (I always had to dull my skates a bit so I could slide across the crease), they should be sharp enough to cut into the ice right away. Take them to a rink or store that does hockey skates, they'll do it right.

Mapleleaf Inactive Member10 Dec 2009 10:40 p.m. PST

There is an old test to see how sharp your skates are – run a fingernail up and down on the edge of the skate – if some nail covering comes off your skates are OK.

The better the skater you are the sharper they should be – some pros have them sharpened between periods. But do take them to a competent skate sharpener make sure you specify hockey.

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artslave Inactive Member11 Dec 2009 11:10 p.m. PST

Good one, Mapleleaf. I was just going to suggest the old fingernail test. My hockey youth was spent playing on outdoor ice on lakes, and the ice is very different from arena ice. My first skate on indoor ice sent me straight into the boards. I crawled off the ice and got my skates sharpened by the rink specialist. Gunfreek, get a professional sharpening job! You will notice a huge difference!

Ditto Tango 2 1 Inactive Member13 Dec 2009 5:22 p.m. PST

Fingernail test submitted by this longterm skater as well.

I used to have to sharpen new skates. I've sometimes found that after a skate sharpening the blades are too sharpe. It makes it difficult to push and turn as the blade doesn't let go of the ice as easily. This can be very discouraging to a new skater. They will eventually blunt enough, but make sure you go to an established skate sharpener and tell them you are a beginnner.

Come to Ottawa and skate the longest skating rink in the world, the Rideau Canal. I have very pleasant memories of lunch break while in the military headquarters there and trotting over to the canal, putting on my skates and going to the lake and back. Just wonderful.

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