Toledo Skate Sharpening And Profiling Services
We Are The Only SPARX Professional Skate Sharpening Shop In Northwest Ohio!
Puck Hogs utilizes two SPARX SP100 Professional skate sharpening machines for hockey player and goalie skate, figure skate and sled hockey sharpening. These machines utilize cutting edge technologies to ensure that you get even edges and the same sharpening experience every time! SPARX professional machines are now being used by over 20 NHL teams, and dozens of other AHL and college teams.
SKATE SHARPENING AND PROFILING PRICING
- $7.50 – Standard Hockey Skates
- $8.50 – Goalie Skates
- Sled Hockey Runners
- $30.00 – Skate Profiling (Includes Sharpening) Available Profile Radius: Of 7′,9′,11′, 13′, 26′, 28′ And Flat
- Season Long Skate Sharpening Plans And 10 Sharpening Cards Available As Well
*Minimum of a $5.00 additional charge for sharpening new steel or cleaning up heavily rusted or damaged steel. Excessive damage will be quoted before sharpening.
Choose from one of 12 SPARX standard radius of hollow options or 4 FIRE flat bottom options.
Standard SPARX radius of hollow options:
- 5/16″ – NEW!
- 11/16″ – NEW!
- 1 1/8″
- 1 1/4″
SPARX FIRE Flat Bottom V hollow options:
All skates are checked with the SPARX Edge Checker before and after sharpening to ensure level edges.
The edge checker measures skate blade level to within .001 (one thousandth) of an inch (less than the thickness of a post-it note) and not detectable by the human eye! A sharpening that is off by .004 or more will be noticeable by most skaters. The SPARX edge checker is one of the most accurate checkers on the market. If you have had your skates sharpened elsewhere, feel free to have a complimentary edge check done in our shop. We will quickly be able to confirm if your skate runners have been sharpened properly or not. The image below shows a blade that is off by .001 which is within normal tolerance.
Here is a more in-depth explanation of hollows provided by SPARX:
ROH – The most common cut, ROH (Radius of Hollow), is essentially an arc of a circle. Grip and glide are determined by the radius of that circle and typically range from a 3/8″ radius to 1 1/2″ radius, with 3/8″ providing the greatest amount of “bite”
FIRE™ (Sparx)/Flat Bottom BFD™ (Blademaster)- As you can see in the graphic, this shape provides the radius edges familiar to those accustomed to ROH and also includes a flat bottom which limits the edges from sinking into the ice as deeply as they would on a traditional ROH. This combination increases glide while still maintaining enough “bite” to make sharp turns and stop short.
FBV™ – Blackstone’s Flat-Bottom-V – Similar to the Flat Bottom BFD/FIRE, but there is one noteworthy difference. The Flat-bottom-V has all straight edges as opposed to the radius edges of the FIRE Ring.
While not limited to these 3, these are the most common shapes used by hockey players. It is also worth noting that while you will find players of all levels that prefer one shape over the others, there is no scientific evidence proving that one is better than the other. That said, we don’t need science to know what feels best to us and this is why we encourage players to experiment.
ROH – As mentioned above, the radius of hollow is based on a circle. The smaller that circle (e.g. 3/8″ radius), the deeper the hollow will be, hence providing the skater with greater grip or bite. The larger the circle (e.g. 1 1/2″ radius) the shallower the hollow will be, hence providing great glide. Typically you can increase in size by 1/16 of an inch from 3/8″ to 1 1/2″ (3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, 11/16″, 3/4″, 13/16″, 7/8″, 15/16″, 1″, etc.). As you can see, this provides just a ton of opportunity to try different options and find one where you feel you can skate at your fastest and still feel confident that you can stop short, start quickly and make sharp turns.
Generally speaking, flat bottom options are offered in a much smaller range. There are likely 2 primary reasons for this; 1) most people prefer (or are satisfied with) one of just a few options and 2) the overhead for a shop owner to offer a wide range of flat bottom options is more prohibitive.
FIRE™ – The Sparx FIRE Rings are offered in 3/8, 1/2, 5/8 & 3/4 – these numbers represent the ROH associated with the radiused inside edges of the FIRE Ring. As such the grip-to-glide relationships are relatively the same as ROH with the 3/8 FIRE providing the greatest amount of grip and the 3/4 FIRE providing the greatest amount of glide.
Flat Bottom BFD™ is offered 3 options; X6 (similar bite to 3/8″ ROH), X7 (similar bite to 1/2″ ROH) and X8 (similar bite to 3/4″ ROH). Not surprisingly, the most common of the 3 options is the middle-of-the-road X7.
FBV™ – While it is possible to try many different FBV options, typically you’ll find that shops offering FBV sharpening offer four options 90/50, 90/75, 100/50, 100/75. These numbers represent -thousandths of an inch (width of the flat part of the blade) / ten-millionths of an inch (the height of the fang) -, so we are dealing with very small numbers. To provide some context, here is how these popular FBV sizes relate to traditional ROH.
90/50 = 3/4″ ROH (more glide)
90/75 = 5/8″ ROH
100/50 = 1/2″ ROH
100/75 = 3/8″ ROH (more grip)
SKATE PROFILE EXAMPLES: