Skate sharpening

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  1. Happy Pony

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    Ok so here's the story, I haven't played ice hockey for about 10 years now (18 years old, stopped when I was 9). Well I've been playing inline hockey the whole time and I decided to get back into ice hockey. I just got new skates and all my equipment (had to buy pants and shoulder pads). I bought the skates off the internet after trying them on in the store. All I need is to get my skates sharpened, I know plenty of places that do this but I'm looking for some advice on how not to look like a jackass when I go to get my skates sharpened. Any advice would be appreciated. :help:
     
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    Bring them in and tell them that you just got new skates and need them sharpened.

    The first cut is usually a little more expensive than normal (We charge $15 for a first cut, $8 regular cut)

    If it's too sharp after they've sharpened them, then try rubbing a them on the plastic on the bottom of the bench doors a bunch of times to take off the extreme edge and ask them for a shallowe radius the next time.
     
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    $8 for a regular sharpening? :eek:

    that's absolutely ridiculous...I mean, I pay tops $4 at my LHS....and that's $4CDN....lol...
     
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    Yikes $8? But yeah, there's some "formula" some people got to figure out how to sharpen your blades to a certain hollow. They do it by weight...idk if it works or not, but you can maybe try to find it. But from what I know...3/8" is usually standard--good for turns and ok speed and ok stopping. Then there's 1/2" which is flatter and more speed.
     
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    He's in NY. You guys should see the prices for anything at Chelsea Piers then add parking.
     
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    cost me $17 for parking every game.... on top of gas and tolls. looking at a $30 night easy.
     
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    Yeah, everything in NYC is gonna cost a pretty penny. Long Island is the same way. Once you get up past Westchester the prices wil drop. Around here it's $27 for open hockey, $500 for league play, $1200 for "Elite" lockers. Thank god I get a damn good employee discount.


    We sharpen at 7/16. Most places will do it at that or 1/2. It also depends on how hard the ice is. If the ice is harder you may want a deeper cut (3/8).
     
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    3/8" is deep. I skate on 3/4" now, and used to skate on 1" when I did my own skates.
    The shop I worked at charged $10 for figure, $5 for Hockey. I know alot of the US shops charge more than that though. Our shop was ME trained as well, which jacks up the price in alot of aras.
     
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    I worked sharpening skates for a while and almost all best hockey players have their skates sharpened at 3/4 to 7/8. A shallower hollow allows for longer glides. If your a begginner a deeper hollow 3/8 or 1/2 is better because it allows more confidence turning, but good luck stopping....
     
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    :biglaugh: I remember asking for a 5/8 sharpening and and I got a 1/2 or maybe a 3/8 and I about killed myself :eek:
     
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    Well I went in a couple times not telling the guys what I wanted cause it worked out ok before. But apparently 3/8 was what they usually use when you don't tell them -shrug- And yeah like Galvin, I bout killed myself :eek:

    I prefer 7/16th. Sharpening is $3-$5 only around here.
     
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    I've gone with 1/2 recently but have found that on real hard turns/pivots and stops (not frequently but just on occasion) my lead skate (usually left) kind of digs into the ice and "sputters" or "chatters." Am I correct in assuming that a more shallow 5/8 cut would be better for me?
     
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