Let’s take a look at what you need to know about how sharpening skates works. Then, we’ll outline our top 7 picks for the best hockey skate sharpening tools you need in your arena.
Whether it’s a hockey skate, goalie skate, or even a figure skate… if you’re going to ice skate, you need to ensure you have a nice, sharp skate blade to assist you on the ice.
Any and all skaters would be thrilled to find out that their arena has a skate sharpener on site to help them glide across the ice. If you’re looking to invest in a skate sharpener for your arena, you’re in luck! This is the perfect guide for you.
How Does Sharpening Work?
If you have a pair of skates, take a moment to inspect the blade edges. On a pair of sharpened skates, this blade will look a lot different than something like a knife, which has a singular sharpened edge. A skate blade edge typically has two sharp edges with a deeper hollow in the middle. If you have a flat bottom or uneven edges on your skate blade, you need to get your skates sharpened stat.
When you sharpen skates, you are running the blade along a grinding wheel to grind down the hollow, leaving two sharp edges behind. You can have a shallow hollow or a deeper hollow depending on your needs as a player.
When you get your skates sharpened, you might be tempted to just ask for a “standard” sharpening. However, there are benefits to knowing what exact grind will benefit you as a hockey player or someone who likes figure skating.
Differences In Sharpening Hollows
The type of hollow you get on your skate will change your skating ability. It all comes down to your needs. Do you want more grip? More speed? What’s your skating style? How much control do you need?
A more shallow hollow is better for a player who is heavier, as they don’t need additional grip to dig into the ice. It will also give them higher speed, and glide, for fast acceleration and sharper turns.
In contrast, a light weight player may need a deeper hollow. This will let them dig into the ice better while ice skating, giving them more control. However, it can impact their speed of acceleration and glide.
Next time you get your skates sharpened, you should experiment with a deeper cut or shallower cut on your blade edge! See how the grind affects your skating skill. You may find a new grind completely changes your game when playing ice hockey.
If you have a sharpener in your arena, you’ll want a tool capable of different kinds of grinds! It’s important to learn how to operate the machine properly, both to achieve different hollow depths and sharpen as safely as possible.
Our Top 7 Hockey Skate Sharpening Tools
If you want to outfit your arena with a hockey skate sharpening tool, we have the perfect products waiting for you! These are our top seven picks:
If you have a large team and a busy rink, this machine is perfect! A Blackstone stealth machine will allow two operators to sharpen at once as it’s fitted with two separate grind heads. You can even customize the different heads to benefit different kinds of skates (ie/ hockey skates vs figure skates.)
This machine has an aluminum table, removable heads for easy maintenance, and is fitted with a lighted hood and safety glass. It also has a factory-fitted exhaust system built directly in.
Perfect for medium-small size arenas. This double head machine has one dedicated cross-grind head and one finishing head. Perfect for anyone needing a sharpen before hitting the rink.
This sharpening system is also fitted with a lighted hood and safety glass for safe operation. It has removable grind heads for easy maintenance. You can also choose between two filtration systems: The Filter Exhaustion system, or the Cyclone 2.0 Exhaust system. These systems are both great, depending on your needs and frequency of use.
If you want a high-quality machine that’s smaller in size, try the Blackstone single head machine. This one has one finishing head to sharpen skates with ease. You have a variety of spinning heads to choose from, including SPT, SPIN, and REV finishing heads. It also has Blackstone’s signature lighted hood and safety glass for safe handling.
This machine is great for anyone with moderate sharpening needs. This sharpening machine has two finishing heads and a dedicated cross-grind head. The left finishing head is a revolving spinner dressing system, while the right can be fitted with a revolving spinner, single spinner, or single point diamond dressing system. The middle features the classic Blackstone center cross grind head. All heads are removable, for easy changes and maintenance.
We love this sharpening system from Blademaster. This is a 2 station machine, with a finishing station and a cross-grind station for simple sharpening. It’s perfect for arenas that want to accomplish a lot of sharpening, but need a machine that can fit into a smaller space.
This machine comes fitted with a scratch-resistant shield, sweep tray, and vacuum hose for cleaning, and comes with safety glasses.
This machine is small but mighty! Here you’ll find a single station cross grind machine with a built-in exhaust. It’s fitted with a cross grinding wheel, dresser, safety shield, sweep tray, and vacuum hose. This machine is great for a smaller arena and can sharpen skates efficiently without taking up too much space.
If you have big needs, you need a big machine! We love this triple-head system from Blademaster. This sharpening station features two finishing stations and a direct drive cross grind station. It’s been fitted with a safety shield, sweep tray, and vacuum, and comes with a pair of safety glasses for operators. This system is easy to implement and will be a great addition to any arena.