Blade sharpeners

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  1. Hedwig

    Hedwig Rarely here anymore but I try to be better!

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    I have some difficulties finding someone to sharpen my skates. I always have to travel far for that and it is kind of a nuisance especially as I like my blades sharp.

    I read about self-sharpening kits. Does anyone hear use them? Is it recommendable and reasonable easy?
     
  2. skatemommy

    skatemommy Well-Known Member

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    They are good for touch ups. Still recommend a grinder after 2 or 3x. JMHO.
     
  3. Hedwig

    Hedwig Rarely here anymore but I try to be better!

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    That does make sense.
    Thanks for your answer.

    Could you recommend a particular sharpener? Can I just buy a random one?
     
  4. Aussie Willy

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    I have a Sweet Stick which is good for touch ups.
     
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    I would recommend finding a 1/2 (3/8 for dance blades) round fine India "file" from an industrial supply company. They normally come in 4 to 6 inch lengths. Cut it to 2-inch lengths. For the sides I like a small hard arkansas stone.
     
  7. aliceanne

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    I had a coach who used to touch up my blades with a sharpening stone. It was especially good for cleaning up nicks which make your blade lose contact with the ice.
     
  8. Hedwig

    Hedwig Rarely here anymore but I try to be better!

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    Thanks a lot for all the tips! :)

    I think I would really like to buy one after your responses. But I also notice how unknowledgeable I still am

    For instance, this
    sounds like a great tip but it's all Greek to me. :shuffle:

    If I buy a sharpening tool designed for figure skating, will it be provided with a detailed explanation how to use it?
    I don't want to ruin my beloved blades...
     
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  10. Hedwig

    Hedwig Rarely here anymore but I try to be better!

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    thanks again for all the answers. I think I will go for a pro-filer which will - I hope - enable me to go without a professional sharpener.

    Now I only have to find a way to get the pro-filer to Germany without having to pay 90$ in shipping costs :yikes:
    So it will probably take a while before I find someone who can bring it to Europe over the big ocean for me (maybe someone from the US going to Euros and willing to bring it with them? :saint: ).
    Once I do, I will keep you posted so that you know if it might be for you as well. :)
     
  11. Emmett

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    Hi Hedwig

    Use this with an oil to take the knicks out and on the hollow of the blade. This matches a 1/2 inch (12 mm) radius which is a normal hollow for most free skates.

    This is to touch up the edges between sharpenings.

    www.tooled-up.com/Product.asp?PID=5047

    use a hard flat stone for the sides.

    I find that most of the blade "kits" are dangerous in the wrong hands. So if it is "Greek" and you do not know how to use a set of stones you should probably wait until you can get some instruction from a person you trust.

    I started doing my own blades years ago as I was tired of having my blades damaged by inexperienced rink employees who primarily sharpened rental skates. I asked and received insruction on how to use a machine from some very experienced people and have been able to pick up some tricks over the years. However, I did 100's of pairs of rental skates myself before I would ever touch my own blades. ;-))
     
  12. LLOS

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    Me too! How far do you travel? I also need to travel 20km...
     
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    Is that considered "far"? I'm not being a smartass, just honestly curious since I know people in Europe don't really treat distances the same way we do in the US. The place where I sharpen my skates is about 20 miles away for me, but since about half of that is on the highway, I consider myself lucky and think they're pretty close.
     
  14. Hedwig

    Hedwig Rarely here anymore but I try to be better!

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    I would consider that far for getting your blades sharpened, yes. Or anything that takes me more than an hour to go back and from for the simple task of getting your blades done.

    So maybe we are not treating distances the same way. :)
     
  15. hanca

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    Maybe also depends if you are going by a car or by public transport.

    How often the public transport goes there (every 5 minutes, or once per hour?)

    Or how easy it is to drive there (the traffic may be such that even 5 miles can sometimes be far).
     
  16. Hedwig

    Hedwig Rarely here anymore but I try to be better!

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    And also if it is done in a shop or if you have to go to a nice but very chatty couple who expect you to stay one hour each time to talk to them. :shuffle:
     
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    Hedwig, I don't mind having a chat once a month for an hour with a very nice couple. Do they provide a cup of tea and cake, while they are doing your blades? :lol:
     
  18. Hedwig

    Hedwig Rarely here anymore but I try to be better!

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    I am sure they would. They always offer me juice. And they are really nice. But I am not a chatty sociable person per se :lol: so I always find it very draining to be honest...