How often do you need to sharpen your skate blades?
Firstly, if these are new skates, sharpening is definitely necessary. Do not flatter yourself at the factory that someone will sharpen your blades. They already have enough work. That the blades appear sharp is self-deception.
Secondly, when you sharpened your skates and started using them, there is always a chance to walk along the tile and / or the metal threshold and in another way to blunt the blade. In this case, you must immediately use sharpening to prevent falls and injuries.
Now, how do you determine if the blades are dull? Take a shoe, wipe the blade of the ridge with a soft rag and slide a small pillow of the thumb from the tooth to the heel, first one edge of the ridge, then the other. If there are obstacles in the form of burrs, this is a clear sign of the need for sharpening. Also, the lack of sharpness can be felt on ice. Try scraping the ice with your inner edge – away from you. If the foot slips and there is no “scraping” effect (when a small hill of snow forms on the side), this also gives reason to think about sharpening.
How to protect blades from early blunting? There is one simple rule: Always, when you’re not on the ice, put covers on the blades. Covers are rubber, plastic and their variations. Also do not forget about the storage of skates. When you have finished skating while in the locker room and having removed your skates, wipe the blades with a rag and put on soft cases on them. Now there is a huge variety of this type of covers. They are made of fleece or cotton.
Never leave the blades in hard cases, as rubber and plastic do not absorb moisture and water from the skates will remain on the blade and lead to corrosion (yes, yes, that’s why you see black or brown stripes on the blades).
The third. Even under all operating and storage conditions, someday you will have to think about sharpening blades. When? Here I can cite an extract from an article published on the website of the Twizzle company – professionals in their field engaged in the sale of goods for figure skating:
“The class of figured skates (blades) is a high-quality chemical composition of steel. What follows from here? It follows that the curly blades of the highest (for example) level are usually sharpened every two to three months. Curly blades of the lower class sharpen once a month, even lower class once or twice a month. We ask you to understand that the need for sharpening is determined not by any specific time of use of the blades, but by the need to sharpen them. How is this need defined? Each professional skater defines this individually. Beginners, or young skaters, are helped by a coach who sees a skate slip, or the little skaters themselves report one or another inconvenience. What determines the time between sharpening? The professional level of the skater, and therefore its intensity of the training process, the complexity of the elements, the weight of the skater, the class of the figure skate (blade), the quality of ice, the proper care of figure skates (blades). It must be borne in mind that not always small skaters can correctly and accurately understand why this or that element does not work. Therefore, it is recommended to sharpen figure skates (blades) with a certain regularity. This regularity is determined, as we said by the class of a figure skate (blade), the weight of the athlete; his athletic level, the intensity of his training process, the quality of ice, the quality of skate care. Even if you told us all this information, we would not be able to say exactly when to sharpen it, since there are many side factors affecting the quality of sharpening. Example. How often do you need to sharpen a knife in the household? It seems to know everything. What we cut, when, in what quantity and so on. But all these values are very approximate, and therefore we always sharpen a knife in the household in different ways and at different times. Absolutely all the same with curly blades. “