Skate Sharpening

Trained by professional hockey equipment manager, Bert Godin, our skate specialists provide a variety of hollow options to accentuate your natural skating ability. Whether it’s a flat bottom edge for hockey players or the classic sharpening for figure skaters, you can trust your steel with our pros!

Traditional Sharpening is $6.00 per pair. Flat bottom V sharpening is $8.00 per pair.

Available at the following locations: Ballwin, Springfield, St. Peters, Sunset Hills and Swansea, IL.

Recommended Runner Depth for Figure Skates

ActivityTraditionalFlat Bottom V
Adult Dance 1/2" N/A
Youth Dance 1/2" N/A
Adult Free Skate 1/2"-5/8" N/A
Youth Free Skate 1/2"-3/4"  
Combination 3/4"-1.25" N/A

Recommended Runner Depth for Hockey Skates

ActivityTraditionalFlat Bottom V
Youth 3/8"-1/2" 100/75 - 100/50
Adult 1/2"-3/4" 100/50 - 90/50
Goaltenders 1/2"-1.5" N/A

A Brief Lesson In Blade Geometry

Steel runners vary in thickness (approximately .161" for figure skaters & goalies and .116" for forwards & defensemen). Sharpening is the act of cutting a hollow into the base of these runners. A diamond is used to shape a convex pattern on the grinding wheel, which cuts a corresponding concave track in the runner. This track appears as a smooth basin between two sharp outside edges, which dig into the ice for skating traction. Hollow measurements range from 3/8" to 1.5" in depth. Deeper hollows provide increased traction, while shallow hollows offer increased glide. “Flat Bottom V” (FBV) hollows, however, feature a unique non-rounded concave. In other words, a flat or shallow hollow is placed between two sharp peaks. Available on specially equipped grinding wheels, this design delivers the added bite of a deep hollow with the effortless glide of a shallow hollow. FBV is comprised of two separate measurements: (1.) width in thousandths, and (2.) height in ten-millionths. Common FBV hollows range anywhere from 90/50 to 100/75 in depth.

Performance by the Numbers, Position

It may seem like a boring math lesson; however, understanding these measurements is the key to unlocking improved on-ice performance for all ages, skill levels and positions. Each hollow has its own benefits and limitations that must be carefully matched with a skater’s natural style before steel touches the grinding wheel. Heavier or older athletes and defensemen prefer a flat or shallow hollow. This allows for maximum glide with limited fatigue. On the other hand, lightweight or younger athletes and forwards go with a deeper hollow. This ensures that runners get a firm grip in the ice for increased stability and agility. With the potential to maximize agility without sacrificing speed, FBV hollows seem like a natural choice for everyone... but it’s not that simple. For example, figure skaters and many goalies still opt for traditional hollows. It’s best to consult a trained skate specialist for before choosing a hollow depth.

Hockey Skate Sharpening

Have Questions?

Contact our trained specialists at your local "Home Team" Store -  Or call toll free at 314.966.5444