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Hockey and Other Roller Games Discussions about hockey played on inline skates, quad roller skates, and ice skates. Also includes discussions about other games played on skates such as roller basketball and rollersoccer.

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Old July 21st, 2008, 04:03 AM   #1
Lost_One
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Default Breaking in Ice Skates (the blade, not the boot)

Hmm...haven't posted since March. Regardless, recently acquired my first pair of hockey skates (usually used to disgusting, blue plastic rentals...never sharpened). Now..the boot is fine, it was fitted and ADJUSTED to my foot. I broke them in on the first skate. Now...the blade...that's a different story. The rental skates are always pretty dull and hard to hold an edge. These ones were great at HOLDING an edge..but that's just about it. It took me three hours to dull a few of the edges down enough to even break. Hockey stopping, dimestopping... they're all out of the question now. Even the snowplow is a bit of a stretch.

So my question is: I know freshly sharpened skates feel different, but will they always be this horrible... or is there considerable difference between a brand new skate, 1st time sharpened, and one that has been broken in?

Tell it to me straight, doc.
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 08:17 PM   #2
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Newly sharpened skates do feel different, I don't think it'll stay as bad as you describe. I remember my first sharpen lasted quite a long time. Following sharpens didn't last as long, but then again that could be cause I learned to skate better.
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Old May 15th, 2010, 07:36 PM   #3
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Hmm...haven't posted since March. Regardless, recently acquired my first pair of hockey skates (usually used to disgusting, blue plastic rentals...never sharpened). Now..the boot is fine, it was fitted and ADJUSTED to my foot. I broke them in on the first skate. Now...the blade...that's a different story. The rental skates are always pretty dull and hard to hold an edge. These ones were great at HOLDING an edge..but that's just about it. It took me three hours to dull a few of the edges down enough to even break. Hockey stopping, dimestopping... they're all out of the question now. Even the snowplow is a bit of a stretch.

So my question is: I know freshly sharpened skates feel different, but will they always be this horrible... or is there considerable difference between a brand new skate, 1st time sharpened, and one that has been broken in?

Tell it to me straight, doc.
Hopefully you will get used to them, it could also be the sharpening itself
as there are several depths of grind, 5/8" is a nice grind, not too aggressive and holds corners well but its always good to talk to your sharpener, maybe ask him to change grind/rocker too.

I send my blades to noicing sports in the states for sharpening on a rotation basis, these guys are awesome. if you read up on noicings site you can get a better understanding of skate sharpening, custom radius and allthe types of grind.

I've just got myself some t blades on my ccm 892's and they rock, very fast, longer glide the grind is 3/8" at the moment
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