Taking my ice hockey skates to be sharpened. What length should the cut be? Any recommendations?
A few factors will determine the best radius to have your skates ground to. Usually, 7/16 is the radius of choice. However, if the ice you play on is softer than normal, you may need to increase the radius to 1/2 avoid cutting into the ice as much. If you play on a harder ice than normal the opposite is true, you may need to go to a 3/8. What is your style of play? Do you grind in the corners? Stop and start a lot? You may want to stay with a 7/16. Too much radius, like a 1/2, and you will slide too much on your stops. A sharp radius like a 3/8 and you will dig into the ice too much, and tire easily. It is mostly personal preference, so I say try a couple of different ones to see what suits you best. Good luck, Steve.
Whatever you like. the smaller the number, the deeper the cut will be and the more the blade will grab. A higher number gives you easier turning but it will be harder to hold your position in a shoving match. 1/2″ is a pretty typical number, just go with that.
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