FREE STANDARD DELIVERY ON ALL ORDERS OVER £99*
Whether you are a hockey player, figure skater or just enjoy skating around recreationally, skate sharpening should always be a vital part of any ice skater's routine. We recommend that you have your blades sharpened aproximately every 10-20 hours on the ice, however this is can vary from person to person depending on your skate style.
We offer an in store whilst you wait service, and our friendly team of Blademaster trained specialists are on hand to assist with suggesting if a change in hollow or a blade profile may improve your performance. Skates bought in store come with a sharpen free of charge.
Here at Willies, our standard and most popular sharpen is 1/2" radius of hollow. However our Blademaster trained staff are equipped to sharpen blades from 3/8" to 1" in depth.
● Looking for more bite on the ice? Consider 3/8" or 7/16"+-
● Looking for more glide? 9/16" through to 1" might be for you.
There are a number of factors to determine which radius of hollow (ROH) is best for you. These include ice conditions, weight of skater and just overall preference.
On average most skaters can get around 10-20 hours worth of skating between grinds. This, however, is determined by factors of the individual. Body weight, aggression, style, and time spent on the ice can all have a different effect on how quickly their skates will lose their edge. Ice quality and how soft or hard the ice is will have another big effect on blade wear. We advise hockey players to get their edges done more frequently than this to ensure peak performance.
Before we go into choosing the best hollow we need to know how skates are sharpened. Each ice skate, be it recreational, hire, figure, dance or Hockey has a metal blade or runner under the boot that needs sharpening. Once sharpened the blades has two edges, the inside and outside edge.
To start with, there is no right or wrong depth for skates.
-- Shallower grinds are better for speed, ease of stopping and smoother turns.
-- Deeper grinds are better for grip on the ice, quick stops and quick turns at slower speeds.
For this reason, it’s best to find a balance between speed and grip that you’re comfortable with. If you’re completely unsure where to start though, here’s a quick guide for beginners, hockey players and figure skaters.
Sharpening is an art and anyone who tells you otherwise is likely to make mistakes when sharpening your skates. An inexperienced sharpening technician may encounter some of the following problems at some point during their career.
Here at Willies we offer ice skate sharpening on a while you wait basis in store at our address Unit 4, Challenge Business Park, Challenge Close, Coventry CV1 5JG. We also offer a Mail In Service for those unable to visit our store.