Helpful tips

How are speed skates sharpened?

How are speed skates sharpened?

The blades must be sharpened by hand, and will be ruined if sharpened like hockey skates. The 2 blades must be simultaneously sharpened so that the blades are mirror images of one another, both in the rocker and in the amount of blade on each skate. bolts are tight. Remove any burr present on the blade before starting.

What is the most common skate sharpening radius?

The most common skate sharpening radius we see for ice hockey players is a 1/2″ inch or 5/8″ inch cut.

What radius do NHL players use?

You can get your skates sharpened anywhere from 1/8th of an inch to one inch. 1/8th would be the sharpest, and one inch would be the least sharp. The majority of pros use something with a shallower hollow, but preference does widely vary.

Are speed skates flat?

Speed skate blades are flat ground as opposed to the hollow ground of hockey and figure skate blades. A flat ground blade reduces the friction on the ice and is a major reason why the speed skate will glide further than the hockey skate for a given amount of force.

What skate hollow do NHL players use?

A hockey skate doesn’t have a single edge, like a knife. It’s a 3-millimeter-wide piece of steel hollowed out down the middle in an inverted U to create two edges. An NHL player uses both edges on both skates, like a skier shifting weight from side to side during turns.

What year did speed skating make it debut in the Winter Olympics?

Speed skating appeared for the first time in 1924 at the first Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix. Initially, only men were allowed to participate. It was only at the Lake Placid Games in 1932 that women were authorised to compete in speed skating, which was then only a demonstration sport.

What is the radius of a skate blade?

The “Radius” of your skate blades can be described as the hollow that is ground into the bottom of your blades during sharpening that gives you your pronounced inside and outside edges.

What’s the best profile for a skate blade?

More ice contact (13′) provides increased top speed and stability, but decreased agility and maneuverability. Similar to the radius of hollow on your skate blade, there is no right or wrong profile, it all comes down to personal preference and skating style.

How is the hollow of a skate blade made?

If you drew the complete circle formed by the hollow in your skate blade, the radius of that circle would be one half of its width (Radius = Diameter X ½). This hollow is made by pressing the skate blade against a grinding wheel via a diamond dressing attachment.

What’s the radius of a WISSOTA skate sharpener?

From grade school math you may remember that a 2″ circle will have a 1″ radius, a 1″ circle will have a 1/2″ radius, a 3/4″ circle will have a 3/8″ radius, etc… The diamond dresser tool on your Wissota 911 Machine will dress (shape) the face of your grinding wheel to the curvature shape of any radii between 1/4” and 1 1/4”.