Consistency is the key to good skate sharpening. Skate blades which have been neglected or poorly maintained are harder to sharpen and don’t perform well on the ice. Clean strong edges improve control and a skater’s confidence in the blades. If the blades are of poor quality steel or have been overheated by bad sharpening, the blade edges are considered to be weak. Weak edges are more prone to roll or snap off because they are brittle. Some sharpeners try to compensate this problem by sharpening with a deeper hollow, but this only compounds the problem. The deeper hollow gives the skater an edge, but the skate controls the skater and we all know the skater should be in control of their skates.
Introducing the Maximum Edge Process
Herm’s Sport Exchange is an Authorized Dealer of the Maximum Edge skate sharpening process. This process is used by numerous NHL teams and over 120 other pro organizations. We offer a superior standard in skate blade maintenance. The sharpening system incorporates our own patented finish process and profiling. This process enhances the number one factor in skating – skater control.
The system provides an improved center of gravity, resulting in greater manoeuvrability an increased speed. Blade profile and a square radius should compliment the skater’s ability instead of creating body compensations and physical stress. Skating styles, height, weight, and players’ position are major factors, but the more accurate the skaters center of gravity, the greater the results in personal performance.
Profiling is the matching of the skate blades to each other and to the skater. Herm’srecommends that all hockey skates should be profiled once a year and profile maintenance done after ten to twelve skate sharpening’s.
Profile maintenance consists of checking the blades for consistency and correcting differences. A skate sharpener who uses constant blade pressure and speed may slightly alter the blades after ten sharpening, but poor sharpening will immediately change the profile.
It is important to understand that the skater’s blade profile determines the center of gravity, ultimately affecting skating style, speed, stops, starts, stick handling and shot control and performance.