Department of Recreation and Wellness
Ice Arena - Newlove Pro Shop
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Skates are sharpened and measured using two systems: the depth between the two edges and the rocker, and is accomplished using a grinding stone of various grits and polished with a compound to achieve a smooth surface. The stones are first honed or dressed to the proper radius based on the use of the blade: general purpose figure skate blades are often sharpened with a shallower hollow than high-end competitive freestyle blades . For hockey skates, a more shallow hollow (such as 1/2) provides speed and glide and less “bite”. A deeper hollow (such as 3/8” or 5/16”) gives an aggressive edge for grabbing the ice. Generally, the less hollow that a figure skater or hockey player can skate with, the better. (Riedell Technical Manual, 2002).
500 new pairs of skates for 2011 - 2012!