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Edge-ucation: Coated Steel and the Sparx Sharpener

It’s a question we get a lot here at Sparx Hockey – “I have coated steel, is there anything I need to do different when I sharpen it?” To answer all your question about coated steel, we turned to former professional hockey equipment manager and current Sparx Hockey Tech Supervisor Mike Blomgren to give us the scoop. Mike lets you know that there are some importance differences in sharpening coated steel, especially when you get to de-burring process.

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Study: Hockey Specialization Does Not Equal Success

At Sparx Hockey we are passionate about the game of hockey and whenever we come across interesting articles or important topics about the sport, we want to make sure we share this information with you, our loyal customers.

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Properly Setting Grinding Ring Height

Setting the correct grinding ring height is a crucial step in ensuring your Sparx Sharpener delivers the best possible sharpening results.  We often receive questions from customers asking why their sharpener is making a strange noise, or wondering why their machine suddenly shut down. More often than not, the answer to these common questions is very simple – the grinding ring height is not set correctly.

As a built-in feature to protect the machine, if the grinding ring is set too high, it will make contact with the steel, shut down and flash error code 3-5-10, “Grinding Ring Overcurrent.” If you experience this code, simply cancel out of the error code and reset your grinding ring height as outlined below.

If your ring is set too high, you will also sometimes hear a louder-than-typical noise when the ring first makes contact with the steel, followed by a quick stutter as the grinding ring starts to move downs the steel. If you experience this scenario, immediately cancel the cycle and ensure your grinding wheel is set correctly. If your ring is set to low, you will not experience an error code or a difference in sound, but you will not be sharpening the full length of your blade. 

To ensure your grinding ring is set to the appropriate height, follow these simple steps. It is important to know that the contact point does not have to be pin-point accurate – as long as the grinding ring is making contact with the steel within the suggested contact zone, the ring is set correctly. It is also important to point out that while the machine works with the skate toe facing either direction, we recommend placing the skate in the machine with toe facing right.

In determining the correct contact point zone, envision the toe of the skate and the blade creating a square, 90° angle as shown below:


Once you envision the toe of the skate and blade creating a 90° angle, you simply want to cut that angle in half and make sure that the wheel is making contact with the blade at approximately the 45° angle point as shown below.



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Elements Of A Perfect Skate Sharpening - What Every Coach, Parent & Player Should Know

Everyone knows you need to get your skates sharpened, but other than making sure the blades are sharp, do you really know what makes a good – or bad – skate sharpening? Sure, we all know when we have a bad sharpening because it just doesn’t feel right, but what are we feeling and why does a good sharpening feel “just right?” In this article, we will examine the key components that make up a perfect skate sharpening.

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Understanding Radius Of Hollow

You may have gone into your local hockey shop to get your skates sharpened, and the guy behind the counter asks, "What hollow do you want?" You start to panic and have no idea what he is talking about, so you quickly blurt out, "The regular."

It's a very common answer to an important question, but its not the correct answer. Choosing the correct hollow is an important decision in the skate sharpening process and far too often, people do not fully understand how the wrong hollow can dramatically impact your on-ice performance. To fully get the benefits of a perfect skate sharpening you must first understand the concept of Radius of Hollow or RoH. Radius is the distance from the center of a circle to its outer edge (a measurement) and Hollow is a cut or depression in something. In the case of skate sharpening, it’s the concave groove that is ground into the bottom of the skating surface. So when someone asks about Radius of Hollow, or simply "Hollow" they are referring to the depth of the cut ground into the bottom of our blade.

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Three Experiments All Hockey Players Should Try In The Off-season

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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Hockey Hack - Stop the Click Clack! Fix Your Loose Steel In Seconds

You put on your skate, stand up and start heading out of of the locker room.

Every step you take sounds as if your skate steel is going to fly out of your blade holder. More often than not, your steel is secure, it is just loose inside the holder.  A great hack to fix this annoying problem comes from some of the game's best equipment managers in Dana Heinze of the Pittsburgh Penguins and John Sokoloski of Boston University. 

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Uneven Edge Checker Reading - Why Aren't My Edges Even?

It is a question we get all the time here at Sparx Hockey - "Help! My edge checker keeps showing that my edges are not even...what am I doing wrong? is there something wrong with my Sparx machine?"

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The NHL Season Is Back - The Game's Best Give Feedback On Sparx

The NHL season is back and More than 25 NHL teams are now using Sparx to sharpen the skates of the best players in the world. Hear directly from some of these top NHL players, including Matt Grzlecyk, Matt Cullen, Tanner Pearson and Thomas Vanek, on how Sparx Hockey is changing the game with professional-level skate sharpening done right at home.

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Keeping Skates Sharp At The Sports Consulting Group Camp

We recently attended the Sports Consulting Group's preseason camp in Minnesota and had the chance to catch up with some top NHL players and prospects. Sports Consulting Group is one of top hockey agencies in the world representing several of the game's best players including Thomas Vanek and Ryan Callahan. Check out the video to see how we made sure all of these elite players had the best possible edges with a fresh Sparx skate sharpening!

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