Custom edges with the
In addition to using the Sweet-Stick along the
entire length of the blade, players often find that taking an
extra pass from the bottom 2/3 to the heel offers that little
extra grip when making hard, controlled turns and crossovers.
Also, use the Sweet-Stick to suite certain ice
conditions. By taking your Sweet-Stick on the bench, if you
find the ice is a little hard and you need that extra grip,
take a light swipe along the edges to enhance the feel of the
Goalies - Do you sometimes find that your
outside edges have too much BITE and your inside edges don't
have enough? Use the flat portion of the ceramic by dragging
the tool perpendicular along the outside of the edge to remove
that extra bite. To increase the BITE on our inside edge, use
the Sweet-Stick as you normally would, only making contact on
the inside edge.
Does the Sweet-Stickô
However, if you have not totally lost and edge and your
looking to regain that BITE from being on the ice after a few
skates the Sweet-Stick is a perfect tool. If you have lost and
edge it's time to have your skates sharpened.
Can I over use my Sweet-Stick?
At some point the Sweet-Stick will not have any effect on the
edges, usually after 4-6 uses it's time to have your skates
traditionally sharpened and you can start the process over
Can the Sweet-Stick damage
properly used the Sweet-Stick
will not damage your blades. However, it is possible that if
you apply heavy pressure it could actually over-sharpen your
edges, giving you too much bite.
When should I have my skates
you've lost an edge or after about 8-10 hours on the ice
(even using the Sweet-Stickô) it's time to have them done
Checking your edges
Edges loose anywhere from 15-25% of the efficiency of the edge
for each hour on the ice. So it's best to think about having
your skates sharpened around the 4th skate.
don't need to use your thumb nail to check how sharp your
skates are. This means nothing. However, to check for a lost
edge hold the skate upside down in a light and look down the
blade. If you see a "flat" or "shiny" spot longer than 1/8" of
an inch they should be re-sharpened.
Check your edges
after each skate. It's easier to have them sharpened after you
skate rather than remembering right before you skate.
Keep your skates
dry. Not only the blades (especially non-stainless steel) but
the boots as well. Remove them from your bag so they dry
completely before your next skate. Wet skates deteriorate
quicker, are heavier to skate in and SMELL really bad for your
favorite skate sharpener!
Also, if the foot
beds in your skates are removable take those out too. This
will reduce the chance of your skate rivets from rusting.
Tips for tying and untying your
When untying your
laces, remove the laces from the top 3 or 4 eyelets. It's easier to
pull your foot out, and easier to put in the next time you
skate. Plus you'll find your foot is more comfortable in your
tying laces, before making a bow, wrap the laces twice, not
once. This way when you make your bow your laces won't loosen
up and they'll stay tight.
If your laces are
frayed at the ends - BUY NEW ONES!
Do not wrap your
laces or tape around your skate boot. This restricts forward
knee bend and will force your heel forward and put you on your
toes, rather than the main portion of your blade on the ice to
gain full stride, speed & balance.