Skate like a pro and get your skates or replacement steel sharpened by one of our Professional Pro Shop Staff. Select Regular or FBV Cut to match your skating style and play.
Flat Bottom V Skate Sharpening (FBV) guide:
ROH - 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.).
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.
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.
Flat Bottom V Advantages & Disadvantages
Flat bottom V advantages
- Great gliding regardless or what depth you get
- Better turning and agility (more bite)
- Less fatigue (blade doesn’t dig into the ice as much which requires more energy to skate)
- The difference is remarkable ! great bite and speed without having to put in more energy into strides
- Same price as a regular sharpen in most places
Flat bottom V disadvantages
- When you lose an edge you lose it all at once, which could mean missing the rest of the game or session until you can get the skate sharpened (unless your lucky enough to have an extra set of blades or skates)
- The blade requires much more care proper blade protectors are a must have!
- If the edge comes off at once then this will result in frequent sharpening to keep the edge (only if you don’t look after them)