Skate sharpening questions

Discussion in 'Moves In The Field' started by kigali, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. kigali

    kigali New Member

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    I took a good look at my blades today and I noticed three things that have me kind of worried - I had them sharpened at a regular pro shop-type place at a local rink not too long ago, but I'm not sure if what I'm seeing is a serious issue or completely normal (or somewhere in between).

    1. It seems that the ball of the blade was sharpened differently on the right blade that it was on the left?

    See: right - http://i51.tinypic.com/pxhs7.jpg; left - http://i52.tinypic.com/22ibs3.jpg; I'm concerned about the unevenness in the rounded-out part of the sharpening job on the right. Strangely, as I'm working on regaining my technique, my backspins (particularly my back sit spin, which is now incredible for some reason, having always only been average) are considerably more centered and controlled than my regular spins.

    2. I noticed these bizarre matte markings every 1.5" or so on each blade - seen here: http://i55.tinypic.com/2nv7z0z.jpg, and also in one of the links above: http://i51.tinypic.com/pxhs7.jpg. I don't remember my blades ever looking like this, but it has been nearly ten years since I last took a good look at them, so...

    3. Finally, a line seems to be running across the left blade: http://i52.tinypic.com/21drb0o.jpg - it looks/feels like that's where the previous sharpening job stopped, since it feels uneven, but could this be affecting my skating?
     
  2. Diane Mars

    Diane Mars Active Member

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    What's the problem then ? And IF this guy did a better job than the previous one ?
     
  3. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Well-Known Member

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    Those markings are from your blade guards.
     
  4. kigali

    kigali New Member

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    Is that the effect of dirt/grit or is that normal? Like I said, I don't remember them ever looking like this, but if it's not an issue, that's great.

    Diane - I just wanted to check to ensure that the asymmetry, so to speak, wasn't an issue.
     
  5. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Well-Known Member

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    It is probably a bit of grit but as far as I know it is normal. But it shouldn't affect your blades.