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    Let me rephrase my question - How many sharpenings does it take to flatten the rocker of a blade? (Where you would need a new blade.)

    I've heard that elite skaters get new blades every year, but I have no idea how often they sharpen.

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    That depends on how sharp you like your blades to feel when you skate, and what depth of edges you like. If you like them sharper, more of the edges are going to be shaved away every time you get them sharpened. If you like deeper edges rather than shallower ones, that's also going to take away more of the edge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    That depends on how sharp you like your blades to feel when you skate, and what depth of edges you like. If you like them sharper, more of the edges are going to be shaved away every time you get them sharpened. If you like deeper edges rather than shallower ones, that's also going to take away more of the edge.
    Is there any kind of estimate? Such as, deep sharpenings would make a blade last a year - shallow sharpenings would make a blade last 3 years? I have no idea what the person sharpening did each time, either.

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    No, there isn't any kind of estimate, because "sharp" and "deep" are subjective. What feels sharp and deep to one skater may feel dull and shallow to another. And the feeling might also depend on e.g. whether the skater is tall or short, heavier or lighter, how strongly or weakly they stroke.
    We live in an ageist society where everything is based on youth, but I hated being 18. I don't like teenagers any more now than I did then. I'm 49 now and there is no way that I'd go back to my teens and 20s - even if I knew what I know now, I don't want to go through all that again. I found it a very difficult time. - Buzz Osborne of the Melvins

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