Skate Sharpening

The Difference

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Skate sharpening is our passion and we pride ourselves on the quality of our work. We guarantee our edges and assure every skate receives the same high level of care and thoroughness. Our sharpening wheels, honing stones, finishing applications and balancing tools are higher than industry standards. You will leave feeling confident that your edges are perfectly sharpened so you can focus on your performance.  

The Details

Not every player feels the ice the same way, and we don’t believe every player or figure skater should have their skates sharpened the same way either. We encourage our customers to let us know how they want their edges to feel on the ice. Some skaters love the feeling of really sharp edges digging into the ice, while others want a more seamless transition after getting their skate sharpened. We have the know-how, technique and machinery to give you the edges you want for a consistent, reliable feel on the ice. 

 

Prices:

Skate sharpening - $8.00 INCLUDING HST (10th SHARPENING FREE WITH LOYALTY CARD)

Competitive figure skate sharpening (drop-off only) - $15.00 INCLUDING HST

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Question: How often should I get my skates sharpened? 

 

Answer: To simplify this answer, we suggest most hockey players should have their skates sharpened after 6-8 hours of skating. For competitive figure skaters we suggest sharpening after 25-35 hours of skating. That said, sharpening comes down to a matter of preference. Some skaters are very hard on their edges and need them sharpened more frequently. Unfortunately, blade damage can occur at any time and is often unavoidable. For example, stepping on debris while walking on the ice, skating on rough ice or hitting another blade can damage edges and cause your blades to need sharpening.  Blade quality comes into play as well. High quality skate blades hold an edge for a longer period of time due to their hardness level and material quality. To prolong your edge life, we suggest using skate guards to protect your blades, diligently clean and dry your blades after skating and be as careful as possible while walking in change rooms and hallways to reduce the likelihood of stepping on something that could damage your edges. 

 

Question: How long is your wait time for skate sharpening?

 

Answer: The average weekday wait time is 15-25 minutes, while our average weekend wait time is 20-45 minutes. That said, we try our best to work as efficient as possible throughout the day. Many of our customers drop skates off, allowing us to reconfigure the skate queue to reduce the wait for customers on a time constraint. The quality of our work always remains our top priority. 

 

Question: What are my skate sharpening options?

 

Answer: We offer several different hollow depths (1", 7/8", 11/16", 5/8", 9/16", 1/2", 7/16", 3/8") are the most common options. A deeper (sharper) radius such as 7/16" will create a more pronounced concave groove into your blades, thus providing more grip. A shallower (less sharp) radius such as 11/16" will create a less pronounced concave groove into your blades, thus providing more glide. We're here to educate and inform. If you have any questions never hesitate to ask!

 

Question: Why are my blades rusting?

 

Answer: High carbon blades hold a strong, consistent edge, but are more likely to rust than stainless steel blades. Stainless steel blades, on the other hand, are more resilient to rusting, but do not offer the edge retention qualities as high carbon blades due to their chromium content. To decrease the likelihood of rust forming on your blades, and to prolong your edge life in between sharpening, follow these maintenance tips: 

1) Always thoroughly dry your blades immediately after skating

2) Store your skates in a dry environment (not in your garage)

3) Take your skates out of your bag and hang upside down for the blades to breath

4) Remove skate guards when you get home and dry/clean your blades