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3 Skate Sharpening Insights from Hanging Out With The Pros

Back in June, we had the opportunity to bring Sparx in front of arguably the toughest audience imaginable; The Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers, or SPHEM.
For us, this was both a milestone; as we were able to showcase our product for NHL equipment managers, and an introduction into their somewhat mysterious profession.

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Why Burrs Occur On Skate Steel And How To Handle Them

We get a lot of questions at Sparx about deburring; How is it done? What stones should I use? How do I get rid of a stubborn burr? In this post, we’ll cover the basics of deburring when using the stone and strop included with our Sparx sharpeners. We will also cover in detail what the pros use, and how they go about removing burrs of all kinds.

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How to Properly Maintain Your Blade Profile

Do your skate blades look like those pictured above? The steel ground all the way to the plastic holder on the toe and heel of each skate? If so, we’re going to guess you’ve had your skates for a while and have been visiting the same shops over and over.

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What Would Be My Payback for Sparx?

The short answer to "What would be my payback for Sparx" is 6 months.  Continue reading to see how I arrive at this figure.

We are grateful for the many questions that arrive in our email inbox each day. One question that we get frequently is “What would be my payback for Sparx?”.

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How Sparx Changed How I Sharpen Skates

I’ve always said you could ask any skate sharpener how good they are, and they’ll tell you they’re the best they know. Most have come up with certain habits: grinding from toe-to-heel, Gusto-glide, pink stones, blue stones, never cross grind/always cross grind… the list could go on for days. I’d like to consider myself a great sharpener, I follow all the basic rules and produce a mirror finish and keep my edges even. I educate the consumer and try to be as consistent as I can be. As good as I know I am, I’m always self-conscious. I always ask my customers how it went and if they thought something was off. Understanding the variables; hard ice, soft ice, hot and humid, cold and crisp, and losing an edge, I try and get to the bottom of any issues if they should arise.

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Testing Edge Height, Why Precision Matters.

If football is a game of inches, I think we can call hockey a game of thousandths of inches. While it may not have the same ring to it, it’s true, and we’re going to tell you why.

Have you ever experienced a bad sharpening, or had a child complain that his or her skates just don’t feel right this week? Odds are, it’s happened and on more than just one occasion. Now there’s a disclaimer I’ve got to put out there first, and it’s that there ARE great skate sharpeners in the world, there are sharpeners who care about their craft and rely on their craftsmanship to generate repeat business and lifelong friendships. The unfortunate truth, though, is that these folks are not the majority. Most of the time you are handing your skates off to an inadequately trained employee, and that individual is likely not the one you should be trusting to sharpen your skates. Often, they simply do not have the experience needed to consistently provide a great sharpening.

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Grip or Glide, What Gives You The Edge?

A few weeks back, we published Three Simple Experiments All Hockey Players Ought To Consider. In that post we talk about the three main variables a skater can adjust to try and find the rocker, pitch and hollow that best suits their skating and playing style.

Today, we want to zoom in a bit on just one of those variables; the hollow. There are 2 variables you can adjust when selecting a hollow; the shape and the depth.

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Bite Angle | What ROH Really Means

In previous posts, we have spent some time talking about what to look for in a great sharpening, skate blade contouring (rockering & pitch) and, of course, radius of hollow. At this point, if you are a reader of this blog, you pretty much have a handle on what these things are.

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3 Simple Experiments All Hockey Players Ought To Consider

For developing hockey players, attending hockey schools, camps and clinics over the summer has become an expected part the lifestyle. From defensemen camps to summer leagues, finding just the right one for you or your hockey player could be a full-time job.

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Checking for a Smooth Finish

 A smooth finish on the skating surface of your blade is the final factor we look for when inspecting for the perfect sharpening. A nice, smooth finish contributes to a near frictionless glide of the skate over the ice surface. Basic science says, the rougher a surface, the more friction created when moving one object over another.

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