How sharp are ice skating blades?
How sharp are ice skating blades? Well, they are dull blades usually around 4 to 5 mm thick that become sharp enough to cut you when moving at high speeds.
The ice skating blades are no good if they are too sharp as they will dig into the ice making movements more difficult on the ice. The figure skating blades and hockey skates are different as they feature different designs with the hockey skates short curved design focusing more on speed and agility.
Unlike a knife with a single sharp edge, the ice skating blades have an upside-down U shape. The inside of the U shape is rounded and hollow, aptly called "the hollow".
The blades depending on the depth of the hollow, provide more or less glide and bite. The blade will provide more glide as the hollow gets shallower and more bite as it the hollow gets deeper.
The figure skating boots are high-cut boots made with thick leather with an emphasis on precision and flair, and designed to provide more stability during routines. The blades are more extended and flatter than ice hockey blades and include toe picks to stabilize during jumps and spins.
Toe Picks are not included in ice hockey skating boots whose blades are short and curved. The shoes are low cut, usually made using a combination of leather and synthetics, with the design more focused on speed, agility, and protection for the skaters.
The blades need to be correctly maintained and regularly sharpened and will require the help of a skilled professional in most cases. The sharpening method of the blades of ice hockey skates and figure skating skates is different as the design of the blades is different.