Steel Replacement Blades
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How do skates become dull?
Dirty ice, dirty mats, screws in the door sills and boards, contact with bolts in the benches and other skate blades, rust, walking on concrete, etc. Outdoor ice can be very dirty or the dirt frozen into the surface makes the ice a strong abrasive. Blades which have been poorly sharpened often leave a weak or rolled edge that quickly breaks down leaving the skates dull. To protect your blades in your bag and while carrying them use SKATE GUARDS. They protect the blades, equipment and the skater when reaching into the hockey bag. NOTE: plastic skate guards are good, but the blade slot becomes impregnated with dirt and should be washed often.
How to tell if skates are dull?
You cannot see the edge of a sharpened blade so if there is a silver line along where edge should be it is damage. Skater falling or mentioning difficulty doing a skill/task.
How often to sharpen?
We suggest every 4-8 hours for hockey skates and 8-10 hours for figure skates especially if skater is struggling and/or falling doing a skill they could previously do earlier in the sharpening. In the interest of skater on ice safety, well maintained skates and blades will help to produce performance. When a skater is falling because of poor edges, they are not having fun.
What can Maximum Edge skate sharpening do for you?
The time for buying new skates has come for the 2017-2018 hockey season.
The manufactures of skates all have a quality control program when producing a pair of skates. Over 25 years we have seen product which made its way onto the feet of skaters producing skating issues of all kinds. The skate companies have always expressed to us, that if we see a defective product to advise the customer to return the skates to the place of purchase. They do not want any skater not having fun or performing at their best.
At time of purchase pay close attention to how the blade, blade holder, boot's outer sole and inner foot bed have been assembled. Misaligned skates will create stress in any skater.
Maximum Edge profiling system not only matches the blades to each other, but also to the skater. We also examine the boot construction.
If you are questioning what you purchase or the skater is having problems, bring the skate in for a free profile assessment on your skates.
You cannot ask a skater to skate at 100% when the skate will only operate at 80%