Performance Sharpening

Performance sharpening

To skate your best, you need to be able to trust your blades.

That means you need a sharpening system which delivers three things with precision and consistency:

consistent depth of groove also called the Radius of Hollow, which determines how much the blade bites into the ice;

a perfectly centered groove down the middle of the blade, so that the edges are both the same height;

a uniform removal of steel along the entire length of the blade, so as not to distort and degrade the profile of the blade.

Traditional hand sharpening systems cannot consistently achieve any of these things, much less all of them. ELITE’s automated sharpener does it all, every time.

If you are getting your skates sharpened by hand, you are degrading the shape of your blades, and undermining your performance.

Visit us at an ELITE Blade Performance Center and try our computerized sharpening system. You’ll notice the difference. We’ll help you find the right hollow, we’ll deliver perfect edges and we’ll maintain the shape of your blade. Every time.

3 Innovations in Sharpening Technology

ELITE’s patented sharpening technology is based on three innovations that have revolutionized skate sharpening.

Innovation #1:

Achieving a Consistent Radius of Hollow (ROH)

Those familiar sparks flying off your blade when you have them sharpened with a manual machine are pieces of the soft, resin-stone grinding wheel breaking up and burning as it comes into contact with the steel blade. That means that with each sharpening pass, the wheel is actually disintegrating. When the wheel degrades, it changes your hollow. You lose consistency, precision and performance.

The ELITE Advantage: Steel Wheels

The ELITE Sharpener uses extremely durable steel wheels coated in synthetic diamonds. Our wheels are machined to aeronautic standards to create the most precise radius hollows and they maintain their shape perfectly for the life of the wheel. And the diamond coating provides superior durability and cutting power.

Innovation #2:

Perfect centering of the blade to produce symmetrical edge heights.

The second critical step in performance sharpening is making sure that you get perfectly symmetrical edges on your skates.

 

With manual sharpening systems, the centering of the blade over the wheel is done by eye. The problem is, if the operator is off by even a few thousandths of an inch, your edges won’t be even and that will affect how you feel on the ice.

The ELITE Advantage: Center Mount Clamp

ELITE’s sharpener has a self-centering mount system to ensures the blade is fixed perfectly over the center of the sharpening wheel. That means you will have perfectly symmetrical edges. Every time. No more bad sharpenings.

Innovation #3:

Removing exactly the same amount of material along the skating surface of the blade

Having consistent blades you can trust means you need to remove exactly the same amount of steel along the entire skating surface of the blade when sharpening, or your blade shape will be distorted, and you will compromise your performance. Even a change of few 1/1000ths of an inch makes a huge difference on the ice.

 

This kind of microscopic precision cannot be achieved by anything but a sophisticated computer. All other sharpeners in use today can’t avoid distorting the profile and integrity of the blade.

The ELITE Advantage: Computer controlled algorithms

ELITE’s revolutionary sharpener uses high-tech industrial controllers and precision digital drives to automatically control the speed and pressure of the sharpening. The Elite sharpener protects the profile of the blade with exact precision. Every time. That means we preserves the performance characteristics of your blades in way which is impossible to achieve with any other sharpening system.

The ELITE Advantage: Computer controlled algorithms

ELITE’s revolutionary sharpener uses high-tech industrial controllers and precision digital drives to automatically control the speed and pressure of the sharpening. The Elite sharpener protects the profile of the blade with exact precision. Every time. That means we preserves the performance characteristics of your blades in way which is impossible to achieve with any other sharpening system.

3 Innovations in Sharpening Technology

ELITE’s patented sharpening technology is based on three innovations that have revolutionized skate sharpening.

Innovation #1:

Achieving a Consistent Radius of Hollow (ROH)

Those familiar sparks flying off your blade when you have them sharpened with a manual machine are pieces of the soft, resin-stone grinding wheel breaking up and burning as it comes into contact with the steel blade. That means that with each sharpening pass, the wheel is actually disintegrating. When the wheel degrades, it changes your hollow. You lose consistency, precision and performance.

The ELITE Advantage: Steel Wheels

The ELITE Sharpener uses extremely durable steel wheels coated in synthetic diamonds. Our wheels are machined to aeronautic standards to create the most precise radius hollows and they maintain their shape perfectly for the life of the wheel. And the diamond coating provides superior durability and cutting power.

Innovation #2:

Perfect centering of the blade to produce symmetrical edge heights.

The second critical step in performance sharpening is making sure that you get perfectly symmetrical edges on your skates.

 

With manual sharpening systems, the centering of the blade over the wheel is done by eye. The problem is, if the operator is off by even a few thousandths of an inch, your edges won’t be even and that will affect how you feel on the ice.

The ELITE Advantage: Center Mount Clamp

ELITE’s sharpener has a self-centering mount system to ensures the blade is fixed perfectly over the center of the sharpening wheel. That means you will have perfectly symmetrical edges. Every time. No more bad sharpenings.

Innovation #3:

Removing exactly the same amount of material along the skating surface of the blade

Having consistent blades you can trust means you need to remove exactly the same amount of steel along the entire skating surface of the blade when sharpening, or your blade shape will be distorted, and you will compromise your performance. Even a change of few 1/1000ths of an inch makes a huge difference on the ice.

 

This kind of microscopic precision cannot be achieved by anything but a sophisticated computer. All other sharpeners in use today can’t avoid distorting the profile and integrity of the blade.

The ELITE Advantage: Computer controlled algorithms

ELITE’s revolutionary sharpener uses high-tech industrial controllers and precision digital drives to automatically control the speed and pressure of the sharpening. The Elite sharpener protects the profile of the blade with exact precision. Every time. That means we preserves the performance characteristics of your blades in way which is impossible to achieve with any other sharpening system.

The ELITE Advantage: Computer controlled algorithms

ELITE’s revolutionary sharpener uses high-tech industrial controllers and precision digital drives to automatically control the speed and pressure of the sharpening. The Elite sharpener protects the profile of the blade with exact precision. Every time. That means we preserves the performance characteristics of your blades in way which is impossible to achieve with any other sharpening system.

 

“Every time I hear guys speak about their blades the key message that I always get is that they have to be able to trust their blades. And it was very much the first thing I noticed about ELITE and the way they prepare the blades. They are perfect, every time. I noticed it immediately as soon as I stepped on the ice. I had complete trust in the blades. This is a technology that a lot of people are going to want.”

JP O’Connor

TNS 690 commentator, former Pro Player

“Every time I hear guys speak about their blades the key message that I always get is that they have to be able to trust their blades. And it was very much the first thing I noticed about ELITE and the way they prepare the blades. They are perfect, every time. I noticed it immediately as soon as I stepped on the ice. I had complete trust in the blades. This is a technology that a lot of people are going to want.”

JP O’Connor

TNS 690 commentator, former Pro Player

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