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Re: Skate Sharpening

anon
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Pure hockey now has Prosharp in several branches including Braintree one. They can do a z channel. My son find their work comparable to no icing sports’s job. I would still do Profiling at no icing though. Following people’s discussion, our impression is step steel + profiling has more impact on skating than choice of z or ROH style sharpening.
z channel is a gimmick. If your interested in profile, then why take blade off the ice?
Huh?

You may need to explain what you think Z Channel is, or how you thin it takes the \"blade off the ice.\"
it puts a groove through the blade whether it be a roh or fbv sharpening. so that middle part of the blade that would be touching the ice...is no longer touching the ice, making it a slower skate. more blade on the ice = faster skate, less blade = slower skate
You may want to grab your kid's textbooks. You skate on your edges, not the middle of the blade. The middle part of the blade creates weight and drag, but no power.

Lighter blade = faster skate (admittedly, minimally).

But, more importantly, less surface area = less friction = faster skate.

Cars that set land speed records use the absolutely thinnest tires possible to create less friction. Same for soap box derby cars. Race cars need to transfer the immense power created by the engine to forward thrust, well beyond the limits of adhesion of a skinny tire. Therefore, they use fatter tires to transfer more power than they lose through friction.

It may be a gimmick, but everything I've read is that it is easier to glide on a Z Channel than on a ROH steel. I doubt it makes much of a difference under load (i.e., when striding or carving).

Also, the deeper channel gives the "snow" somewhere to go, creating less drag, versus building up under the ROH blade, creating more drag. Sort of like the tread in a tire. Here, again, I think you'd feel that less drag only when gliding.


But, a Z Channel definitely doesn't make you slower. That, sir, would defy the laws of physics.

Re: Skate Sharpening

SPARX ... worth every penny and same sharpening everytime. even we went back to the Bauer store, same guy ... he didn't sharpen the same way ... multiple people use that machine, adjustments constantly.

bought the SPARX and never complained again. i heard ProShop is pretty good and Pure Hockey is now using it instead of humans. LOL ... robots rule!

Re: Skate Sharpening

Mike1775
SPARX ... worth every penny and same sharpening everytime. even we went back to the Bauer store, same guy ... he didn't sharpen the same way ... multiple people use that machine, adjustments constantly.

bought the SPARX and never complained again. i heard ProShop is pretty good and Pure Hockey is now using it instead of humans. LOL ... robots rule!
Sorry your human got cut

Re: Skate Sharpening

Mike1775
SPARX ... worth every penny and same sharpening everytime. even we went back to the Bauer store, same guy ... he didn't sharpen the same way ... multiple people use that machine, adjustments constantly.

bought the SPARX and never complained again. i heard ProShop is pretty good and Pure Hockey is now using it instead of humans. LOL ... robots rule!
Had the Braintree PH do both of my son's new skates and they were terrible. Sharpening came wit the skates.
Had to fix it with the Sparx.