How sharp are hockey skates? This is a question that many people have been curious about. Most think of knives when they hear the word “blade,” but hockey skates can cause injury just as much-or even more so than other blades due to their popularity among adolescents who often play rough on purpose and without thoughtfulness towards others nearby them while wearing these types shoes/ blades. Looking at what’s actually involved with playing organized ice sports like hockey makes everything easier to understand.
Hockey skate blades are so sharp you could cut someone with them at high speeds but also dull enough that it’s easy for a sharpener’s finger to run over the surface without even breaking the skin. In fact, many players will use their fingers near or on top of where they think an edge might be before putting forth more effort because checking whether something has been properly maintained is part art and ritual in itself.
How Skates are Sharpened
The word “skate” sharpening may be a bit misleading as you are actually not trying to sharpen the blade-like with knives. The shape of a skateboard’s blade makes it look more complicated than what really happens when someone wants their skates polished, but in reality, all they have to do is rub along your shoe until one side becomes slightly milled from friction against its own material which allows them to slide easily across any surface without catching or dragging at high speeds overturns while providing enough resistance so that if falls cannot fully slew outwards due both traction and weight transfer during landings back onto our feet.
Skating provides an amazing experience for skaters and viewers alike. One of the most captivating aspects is when we are able to see how sharpening affects our skate blades, as they create U shapes in their edge which will begin to flatten on one side before pulling back from being completely flat with a “ missing-edge” feeling due to broken edges free from nicks or burrs.
Hockey players often ask for their skates to be sharpened in ways that make little sense. For example, one player might say “Make sure these are extra-sharp because I like them really cut.” The only way this request could potentially lead you towards achieving the desired result is by making more passes over your skate’s knife-edge–not through it. What these players really should be asking for is a less deep hollow. That U shape can be deeper or shallower based on the skate sharpener. These hollows are measured in 1/16ths of an inch.
Many players will fall somewhere between 3/8ths and 5/8ths in hollows with ½ inch being the standard at most hockey shops. Experiment with different hollows and see what works best for you.
The hockey skate blade is a very complex piece of equipment. There’s much more to talk about than the basics mentioned here, like different sharpening techniques and myths that need debunking! You also have profiling which I’m not sure if you knew but it has something to do with how well your skates fit based on their measurements so they’re better suited for certain kinds of terrain types (e Nordic Skating).
When you are looking for a good skate sharpener, it is important that the person able to do so shares their knowledge with others. This will allow them more time in being able to teach and explain what they know about sharpening without having other customers waiting on them or worrying over bookkeeping while also trying to get through all those X-Games tricks.
Skates Probably Won’t Cut You
Skates are sharp but not nearly as dangerous as a knife or blade. You can run your finger over them gently when moving at speed -but they may cut you if used incorrectly.
The list of risks and dangers that hockey players are exposed to on the ice is much longer than just checking or shooting. There are high sticks, face-offs with opponents’ gear (and sometimes their heads), as well as shot-blocking for an offense; but it might be skate blades lower down near all those other potential problems – so make sure you wear appropriate protection when playing.