Speed- and tour skates have a flat glide surface and can reliably be sharpened at home with fairly basic equipment. A long stone, and a fixture to hold the blades perpendicular will work fine.
Similarly, can you sharpen skates with a stone?
Depending on how blunt your skates are you can choose a coarse (grain 100 to 400) or a semi-fine sharpening stone (grain 600 to 1000). If you regularly sharpen your skates you won’t need the first stone that often. You sharpen both skates at the same time, so you place the sharpening stone on both irons.
Similarly one may ask, how can I sharpen my skates at home?
How can I sharpen my skates without a machine?
Use your flat file and begin at the toe or heel and move it across the blade in a diagonal motion. The file should always remain perpendicular to the blade when sharpening. Run the flat file across a blade in one direction 15 to 20 times and then repeat in the opposite direction. Do the same for the other skate.
Basically, get them sharpened when they feel too dull for you, or you lose an edge on one side of the skate or you have nicks in the blade. As a rule of thumb, an average hockeyplayer will lose somewhere between 5 and 10 % of the skates edge per hour of skating.
How long does it take to sharpen a pair of skates? Average rental/retail sharpening is 3-5 cycles equaling 2-3 minutes per skate or 4-6 minutes per pair.
Rates for sharpening are: – $10 per pair for previously sharpened blades. – $15 per pair for new blades that have never been sharpened. – $8 Flat rate shipping blades back to you.
The normal range for this is ⅜” to ¾”, although higher or lower hollows are occasionally seen. Typically, skate shops will do 1/2”, 5/8”, or 7/16” hollow as a default if they aren’t given any specific instructions.