Here at DX, we pride ourselves in having some of the best skate sharpening technicians in the world, trained in the house through our vigorous training concept. We understand the needs of both Hockey players and figure and NOW you can buy your skate sharpening online, send the skates to us have them done professionally sure in the knowledge you will be good to go.
Q Why is ice skate sharpening so important?
The point of contact with the ice is two tiny edges per skate and if these are dull or the depth/radius of the hollow (ROH) is incorrect for your weight, ice and style of skating then it matters not how good your skates are or a skater you are, you have a massive disadvantage in speed AND grip. Having your skates freshly sharpened feels like new skates when you are on the ice!
Q How long should I wait before I have my skates sharpened?
This is the age-old question “how long is a piece of string” the answer is when you find that your edges are slipping, it depends on the quality of the ice, your weight, how long you are on the ice, lots of factors. If we are to put a guide – every 8-12 hours ice time BUT if you are High-level hockey or figure this would be far more often. Not wearing Skate guards off ice (or if you are crazy enough to go on hard surfaces with no guards off the ice then you could instantly dull your edges – beware)
Q What depth should I have?
On the website, it is difficult to give you a good figure here but generally the sharper is more grip less speed, Shallower less grip more speed. You will need to find a balance. Figure skaters and top Ice hockey players usually go with less grip and more speed (shallower). Figure – Hitting a triple needs more attack speed! We consider 1/2″ ROH as the best standard edge for most Hockey skaters and 5/8″ for Figure skaters.
Q What types of sharpening do you do?
Standard sharpening is ROH – Radius of hollow and has been done this way for decades and over 95% of skaters will have this. FBV – Flat Bottom V is a new professional technology that gives greater speed for the same grip, it requires a specialist machine and technicians to do. This “cut” is shaped like as it says a flat bottom V and reduces drag for the same grip estimated 8-12% faster than a standard ROH at the same equivalent depth/Agility. We are the 1st commercial company that offered this in the UK.
Q What depths do you offer?
We offer depths of 1/8 increments as only a very very small % would notice 1/6th of an inch difference (NHL hockey/Professional figure skaters)
Q When will I get my skates back?
We aim to sharpen blades on the same or next day they arrive with us and then dispatched on your chosen delivery method.
Polish option – this gives a pristine finish on the bottom, allows a smoother glide
Where to send your skates/blades:
Please include your order number on the box
Skate Sharpening Demon Xtreme,
Unit O, 13 Moorside,
Make sure you Guarantee and adequately insure your package, it is your responsibility to get the skates to us safely.**
Use a service that is reliable and fast as we are sure you would like to get the skates back quickly.
** we are at Alexandra Palace Ice rink, London N22 7AY most Fridays and can collect and/or return your skates there to save on shipping charges – please contact us for this.
"Very helpful staff,,was having some issues with delivery of my skates to them but staff very friendly and informative,helped me get the delivery sorted out, Skates are great,, very good sharpening job. great service and quality,,fast return when they finally received the skates also. will be using again!"
"Great quick service!!"
"Great service, sent my blades to be sharpened, Great job and returned them to me promptly even though it was a bank holiday weekend. Thanks."
"Amazing service... Sent them next day delivery, they did them that day and I had them back the day after! Speedy service and really happy with the quality of the finish... Best sharpening I've ever had done!"