Deluxe Ice Hockey Skate Sharpening

Deluxe Ice Hockey Skate Sharpening

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4 Stars based on 4 Review(s)
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Deluxe Ice Hockey Skate Sharpening

  • Choose your hollow/cut in the options based on experience and preference
  • 9/16 Shallow cut
  • 1/2" Standard Beginner cut
  • 7/16" Deeper cut
  • 3/8" Pro Cut
  • Instructions: Choosing your hollow and add this service to your basket, then add any ice skate to your basket, your skates will come sharpened and ready to go
  • Please make sure to add your skates to the basket as well.

Deluxe Ice Hockey Skate Sharpening
4 Stars based on 4 Review(s)
Houston, Texas
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Skates where sharpened upon opening
January 14, 2016
I live in a remote area so I paid the $ 5.00 dollars and my new skates were sharpened when I received them in the mail. The transaction was easy and the price was right.
Its nice to have your skates ready when they first arrive in the mail.

1 Stars

Don't waist your time
December 15, 2015
I bought new skates so I had them sharpen them. I would have been better off rubbing them on the sidewalk. Skates were not sharpened all the way to the edge. I had to take them to a local shop and have them resharpened.

Jerry Kokich
Los Angeles, CA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Exactly sharp enough
December 4, 2014
This was my first Hockey Giant purchase, a pair of Bauer Vapors with sharpening. I couldn't have made a better choice. I hadn't been on skates for 10 years, and was pretty worried, but the sharpening was awesome; not too sharp, just perfect!

Wenatchee, Washington
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Skate sharpening
November 14, 2014
Never wanted to use anyone else

By Tom from Tampa, Fl on November 18, 2014
Is this option only availabe when buying new skates? Or can you purchase a pair of replacement runners, like a set of bauer lightspeed edge 2, and get them sharpened before you ship them as well?
By Customer Service on November 19, 2014

Unfortunately, we do not have a guide tool that would effectively stabilize a standalone runner for sharpening, so we currently only offer sharpening for skates.

By Shawn from Lewiston, Idaho on April 1, 2014
Does sharpening the skate void any opportunity to return the skate if it doesn't fit properly?
By Customer Service on April 2, 2014

No, it does not void the warranty. You may return the skates even if they have been sharpened, but they can't be returned if they've been used or appear to have been used.

By Kory j from Faribault Minnesota on September 21, 2015
How should I get them sharpened for a 5"0 that weighs 117
By Customer Service on September 21, 2015

The safest way to go is 1/2" if you are unsure. It's sharp enough for advanced skaters, but not too deep for a beginner to handle.

By JUDSON from FRANKLIN KY on January 9, 2014
By Customer Service on January 10, 2014

This is not a for-sale item. It's actually a skate sharpening service we provide when you order a pair of skates and would like them sharpened in our warehouse before we ship them out.

By Eric from chicago, IL on November 1, 2014
Beginner skater, 5'10, 200 lbs. Best choice of hollow depth?
By Customer Service on November 4, 2014

1/2 Inch is always a safe place to start. It's not too deep, not too shallow. There are many factors that go into the decision, like the hardness of the ice, the temperature of the rink, your weight, your skating style, etc. But don't worry too much about that at the start. Feel it out, and if you feel like you need more or less of an edge after trying out 1/2 Inch, make a small adjustment and see how it goes.

By Chuck R. from Los Angeles, CA on April 12, 2015
Do you offer Flat Bottom V or Z-Channel sharpen, or is it strictly a Radius of Hollow?
By Customer Service on April 14, 2015

Unfortunately we do not have the necessary tools to do a flat-bottom V sharpening, just standard hollows.

By Colleen from Conyers,Ga. USA on January 2, 2015
My son is 17, 5'11 @ 175 lbs. recreational skater from December - February in Georgia. What depth would you suggest for his skates to be sharpened? Bauer supreme 140 Sr. Ice hockey skates.
By Customer Service on January 5, 2015

1/2 Inch is usually a good choice for those who haven't yet developed a preference. It's sharp enough to dig in but not so deep that it becomes difficult to stop.

By Corey from Virginia on September 6, 2014
What is the difference between the variation of sharpening's that are available?
By Customer Service on September 8, 2014

The difference between each sharpening option is the depth of the hollow. The deeper the hollow, the more your edges will dig into the ice. This means greater acceleration and quicker turns, but slower straightaway/gliding speed. Here's a link to an article about hollows and other runner attributes that you may want to familiarize yourself with.

By Andy from colchester, Ct on January 5, 2015
What is a good cut for a beginner, i am 5 foot 5 130 pounds. for speed and comfort
By Customer Service on January 6, 2015


1/2 Inch is a great starting point because it's deep enough to allow you to dig in when you're turning but will still allow you to stop fairly easily because it's not too deep for a beginner to handle. Over time, your legs muscles will become stronger and you'll get a better feel for your edges. At that point, you may be able to handle a deeper cut.

It may sound counter-intuitive, but deeper hollows are actually more difficult for beginners to work with while they're learning to perform the fundamentals, particularly stopping. The reason for this is that deeper hollows cause the blades to dig deeper into the ice. When you try to stop with deep edges, the blades will "catch" rather than sliding and shaving the ice as they're supposed to when you're stopping, which can cause your legs to buckle.

There are always trade-offs, whether you select a deep or shallow hollow. Here are the pros and cons of each:

Deep Hollows (5/16 Inch, 3/8 Inch, 7/16 Inch, etc)
  • Pros: Tight turns / Quick starts
  • Cons: Increased friction while gliding / More difficult for beginners to stop

Shallow Hollows (1/2 Inch, 5/8 Inch, 3/4 Inch, 1 Inch, etc.)
  • Pros: Easier for beginners to stop / Smoother gliding
  • Cons: Wider turns and crossovers / Slower starts