Sarah - perfectly normal. For most folks stopping on a newly sharpened blade ranges from challenging to 'not happening.' As they dull a bit, you'll get your stop back. With your prior rentals, you're used to very dull blades so this all will be a new blade experience. Each of us has a level of sharp he or she likes - I tend to like them a little on the dull side (and rarely have them sharpened but 'stoned' more often instead), some skaters love sharp, and there's everything in between. You'll find the spot where you're optimally happy.Stopping just didn't work.
Isn't it great, that moment when you know it's back!? Every sharpening is a lesson in "two steps back" and then you have the moment when your blades belong to you again instead of having a life entirely their own.
I got my skates sharpened, and while I lost my ability to T-stop very well, my forward inside and outside edges were spectacular. Everything did feel very slippy though comparatively.
Get them sharpened after 15-20 hours, even if they're not slipping or sliding, and you won't have that "can't stop" feeling. Why waste time waiting for them to get dull again so you can perform - keep 'em sharp!
As the old adage goes, "do as I say, not as I do." When I wait too long between sharpenings, the only stop that works is a t-stop. Snowplows, hockey stops and especially backward snowplows, are difficult at best; my one-foot hockey stop and tango stops are impossible for at least 3 hours.
Someone once told me how quickly stopping wears your blades down. I haven't stopped since. I'm too cheap to stop.
A good sharpener is worth his/her weight in gold. Mine keeps a little card on all his clients, so if I don't like something one time (too sharp, etc) he adjusts the next time. I got new blades, and it really changed alot of the feel and he was able to accomodate me on my second sharpening based on my history plus what I told him about what I didn't like about the first shrpening on the new blade.
He also does something to them so that stopping etc is never an issue on newly sharpened blades. I <3 that man.
When reading all of you, I think that I'm really fortunate having my skate shop 20 minutes driving from home, so I'm never "in between sharpenings", because as soon as I notice it should be done, I skate for another session, and if my feeling is the same, I directly drive to the skate shop in order to get my blades sharpened !
My blades have no life left in them. The next time, the skate shop will be sharpening leather.
Last edited by Johnny_Fever; 04-21-2012 at 12:29 PM.
The last three sharpeners we've used have all been able to sharpen and still leave me with the ability to stop. There's no period of adjustment at all. So it can be done.
When I was a teenager I was told to get blades sharpened every 30 hours. I still go by that, and it works for me.
The ancient Egyptians worshipped cats as gods, and the cats have never forgotten.
For me, I'm sure things will be easier next sharpening. But, coming out of rentals, I've never actually skated with sharp blades until this past week!