Sharpening Skates... how often and what grind?

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  1. MikeS

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    How often do you like to sharpen your skates? How deep a hollow do you prefer?

    I often let mine get way too dull, then sharpening feels funny and it is too easy to catch an edge and go down awkwardlky. I am trying a 1/2 hollow rather than the 3/8 most seem to go for.... :dunno:
     
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    I get them sharpened about twice a month or every two weeks. I like a deep hollow.
     
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    I get mine done about every 20 skates (I don't like 'em razor sharp). I get the 3/8 hollow. I tried the 1/2 but every time I lean hard on my edges I end up on my ass. 3/8 cuts a little more ice & gives me the grip to turn hard.
     
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    Paul Coffey says he used a very shallow hollow and that helped him create so much easy speed. It's amazing he fell so seldom.
     
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    As a goalie, I've been wanting my skates sharpened sharper and sharper every time. I don't know the inches hollow, the guy at the rink just uses numbers, I think they start at 9 and go into the minuses. The lower the number, the sharper the skate. When I started playing goal, I used to get my skates sharpened 3 or 4 times a year, at a 6, now I like about a 4 and a half. With that comes more sharpening. I don't like to get more than about 4 ice times on a sharpening....my skate blades are junk and get dull quick.
     
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    3/8....never since I don't play anymore
     
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    I used to get my skates sharpened every two weeks (8-10 times on the ice) and got it at a 5/8ths hollow

    3/8ths and 1/2 seemed to deep of a cut after trying 5/8ths
     
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    3/8 seems like a bit too much grip for me. Always felt like I was going to blow a knee when trying to stop when I first would get them done at that length.
     
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    Used 1/2 all my life, then tried out 3/8 and haven't looked back.
     
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    3/8 for really hard ice and 1/2 usually in the spring when the ice tends to be softer, just seems to be less drag when you glide. :)
     
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    I use a 3/8 I like the grip, and for some reason I seem to skate faster, i dunno. I also don't sharpen my skates nearly enough. maybe 1 once every other month, but that's because I'm lazy
     
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    Having the advantage of owning a sharpener, I grind my skates at 3/8 every other time I hit the ice.
     
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    I seriously sharpened my skates 2 or 3 times a year. And in that year I probably player 20-30 games and then mostly weekly 3 times a month & bi-weekly 1 time a month. As for my grind I'm guessing it was always 3/8.
     
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    And I did....
     
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    I've been playing only a year so please enlighten me... what's the difference?? :dunno:

    I've just checked the 1/2 box cause it was the first one.
     
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    I once went 10 months without sharpening. My blades were all rusty, too.
     
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    the depth of the hollow
    :)
     
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    Depending on the ice quality and the time of the year, I hover between 7/8" and 1 1/4". I most often use 1". I'm a goaltender and I have the benefit of being able to sharpen my own skates.
     
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    ive always been 1/2. ive really never known better and didnt think much about it. crazy, since ive been playing since i was five. maybe someone who really knows this stuff could give a more detailed breakdown for those who are afraid to ask.

    what is the range for hollows? where is 1/2 on the overall scale? the shop i used to go to had a "check this box" list that had about 12 options. an explanation on varying the radius would also be helpful im sure. anyone want to help out?

    ps i meant an explanation on the profile.
     
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