Sunday
Oct232016

Feedback from a new customer!

Hi Steve; 

I was in today to get my (and my sons) skates sharpened.  I've been on skates my whole life and played a high level of hockey.  My son and I are on the ice 6 days a week.  We stepped on the ice this evening, took a few strides, looked at each other and said 'WOW'.  There is NO question that this is the best sharpen either of us have ever had!  We won't go anywhere else for now on.

 Keep up the incredible work buddy!

 Cheers,

 Mike

Wednesday
Oct072015

Feedback from a happy customer on his skate profile and sharpen

Some more feedback on profileing and skate modification (punching/strecthing) 11/30/2015

Steve,

I just wanted to get back to you and thank you so much for the blade profiling on my 10 year old's skates.  You were right, the profiling on his new skates made a world of difference to his skating…like night and day.  We had no idea new skates needed it but will make sure to always check with Precision Blades first. 

Angela

Steve is amazing. Steve worked on my son's new skates until they could be worn comfortably. Steve went above and beyond trying to remedy the problem when we were ready to give up on those expensive new skates. I would highly recommend Precision Blades Oakville. Thank you Steve!

Sharon
10/30/2015
Steve,
  You asked for some feedback on my blades so here it is
"I was first introduced to your technology by Kyle Brodziak when I was in Alberta. I noticed a distinct difference right away.
 As time went on, and I moved to different areas, I was not able to find anyone who sharpened skates this way until I met you at your location.
I am happy to report, that I will not take my blades anywhere else. I scored 3 Goals, and added an assist and was a plus 4 on the evening. I found I had a jump on the other players that I don't normally have. I was able to glide and move better and felt great out there.
  At the end of the game my team rep said
" ok everyone - whatever Carl did to his blades, that is mandatory going forward !" Who knows if they will come to your location. The main thing is other team members noticed a difference as well.
Clearly there is a difference in the way skates are sharpened. Thanks for your help !"
Best Regards,
Carl
Monday
Feb022015

Got Smelly Equipment?

Got Smelly Gear? Get The Stink Out and Keep Your Equipment Clean and Safe!

Got smelly gear? The smell really is only the part of the problem! Nasty odours are actually caused by mold, bacteria, fungus and allergens. This can be dangerous to athletes at all levels. In fact, in recent years, professional athletes at the highest levels including the NHL, NFL and NBA, have had their careers and lives threatened by antibiotic resistant staph infections such as MRSA. As a result, the National Athletic Trainer Association, Centre for Disease Control and Hockey Canada all recommend that athletic Gear be sanitized PROFESSIONALLY on a regular basis. How do you do this?

Regular washing machines are not effective in doing the trick, and can actually break down and shorten the life of your equipment. There are however special machines that have been created to attack and kill the nasty stuff. An example would be a Fresh Gear Machine. In as little as 20 minutes, sports gear can be properly sanitized using a patent-pending process that does not require any special oils, water, detergent or chemicals.

 

The machine creates Ozone (O3) - a 100% all-natural gas. It rapidly oxidizes bacteria it comes into contact with, then converts safely back into Oxygen (O2), leaving no nasty side effects for the environment.  This process effectively deodorizes, disinfects, and destroys pollutants, fungi, allergens, and odour-causing agents. And the added benefit is that gear comes out smelling fresh! And not just sports equipment. For example, it can also be used to sanitize lifejackets, seat cushions, horse blankets and public offical safety items such as bullet proof vests and firefighter turn out gear. 

Many people ask how to keep gear smelling fresh after it is cleaned. The key to doing so is keeping it dry! When wet gear is left in a bag after use, it becomes a breeding ground for the bacteria to return. Hanging gear up after each use in a warm dry environment will dramatically help to keep it fresh. Drying racks are an effective way to do this. An added benefit is that it also helps the little ones to make sure they don’t forget anything when they go to the rink!

 

If you are thinking of getting your gear cleaned, Precision Blades in Oakville provides this important service. Gear can normally be processed the same day without the requirement of an appointment. Visit our website at www.precisionblades.ca to learn more!

Tuesday
Nov042014

Skate Performance 101

One of the most important things you can do to maximize the performance of a skater is to ensure their skates are sharpened and profiled correctly. Many people assume that it doesn’t matter where you get your skates sharpened or that new blades are perfect right out of the box. Unfortunately, neither statement is true.

When skates are sharpened, the cutting wheel creates a radius on the bottom of the blade, creating 4 edges. An inside edge and an outside edge on each side of the blade. The deeper the radius, the sharper the blade.  For example, a ½” radius is sharper than 5/8”. A sharper blade provides more traction and bite, but also digs deeper and creates more friction. A shallower radius, while providing less bite, allows for increased speed. The key is to find a radius where the player feels confident on their edges and in control for starts, stops and turns.

Consistency is key! The life span of a poorly sharpened blade can be less than half of blades sharpened and maintained properly. If skates are sharpened properly, the edges of the blade are perfectly square across the bottom where they contact the ice. If they are not square, it creates challenges for the skater. It is also important to remove all burrs from the blade edges and bottom. A simple stoning after a sharpen will not accomplish this, often resulting in a player feeling the skates are too sharp after a sharpen.

People often ask how often skates should be sharpened. As a general rule it is about 5 hours on the ice. That said, if a blade comes into contact with hard objects such as steel or concrete, edges can be worn quickly, so it is important to check the skates after each outing.

Profiling a skater’s blades is equally as important as consistent sharpening. A correct profile means better skater control which maximizes performance. Profiling is matching the blades to each other and to the skater. The profile of a blade is the shape of the blade from heel to toe. The shape should be a constant radius surface, providing optimal blade height for proper pitch.

Skates out of the box rarely have a correct profile. Skates should be profiled when purchased, then once per year thereafter, with profile adjustments throughout the year. While sharpening a skate using consistent pressure will not alter the profile significantly, over the course of 10 to 15 sharpens it may change slightly. So it is important to have them checked periodically.  

Precision Blades is Oakville’s only certified Maximum Edge member. Maximum Edge is a patented sharpening and profiling system used by more than 300 professional teams around the world, including all 30 NHL teams. In fact, every Stanley Cup Champion from the past 15 seasons uses the Maximum Edge finishing process. The Maximum Edge process is different! There are more steps to sharpen and finish a blade and we guarantee that they are perfectly square, every time! Again, consistency is paramount and that is what you will receive at a Maximum Edge location!

Friday
Sep072012

Have a look at what some people had to say after providing our service!

6/3/2014

 

Some more feedback and testimonial, from a little guy, as to why you should get your blades profiled! It will make you a better skater and more confident on your edges! And as you can see.....we get the stink out too :)
Hi Steve, 
Ryan had his skates contoured and he says he just "flies" now. He's certainly more balanced. This week he scored two goals. He's house league and they are playing in the rep division so it's been really tough to score. The sharpening has really helped. Thanks so much for all you're help. Ps: his equipment also smells much better‎!
Sona

 

21/5/2014

I profiled a pair of skates and this is the feedback I got that very night!

Sean, our 7 year old, got five goals tonight! That's a record. He had many breakaways. Can't wait until Wednesday to see how it helps Ryan. Thanks so much Steve...and I handed one card out tonight!   

Sona

 

18/4/2014

Some more feedback on a profile I did this week. The little guy was falling backwards at shooting practice. Half and hour of a little precision grinding and this is what mom had to say.

Hi Steve
Just wanted to give you feedback on my son's skating after having had his skates profiled yesterday. It makes a very noticeable difference in his skating especially when using his edges . I asked him if he liked his new sharpening and he said "it's so much better mommy, I don't feel like I'm going to fall all the time !" Thanks so much!

Ketly

 

14/10/2013

Hey Steve,

I just wanted to drop you a quick note on the profiling you did on my skates. After I took the summer off from hockey I was excited to test out the new profiling and have to say that it was more than expected. I can't believe that these were actually the same skates! I'm not the strongest skater or most experienced but I really noticed a difference in not only my speed and stopping but also the feel of control as I moved around the rink. I'm going to be back with my son's skates so you can do the same with his and have already mentioned the amazing results to the guys I play hockey with. Thanks for your great work. 

Regards,

John

20/8/13

Hi Steve, just wanted to say thanks for the rush contour/ profile yesterday (size 3s). Josh said he had better control on his turns and that he felt like it made the skates lighter (?) And faster. So great news, we will be back....on that note, how often do you recommend we get Joshs skates sharpened? Let me know, thanks.

 

Rob

8/14/13

Hi Steve:

Yesterday you profiled and sharpened my skates (I play one a week with the ladies) and you told me it would make a big difference.

It certainly did.  One of my teammates (who I also played with this past winter) said it was the best game she had seen me play.  My goalie told me I played a great game as did a few of the other players on my team.

I did feel more comfortable out there.

Many thanks.

Alison 

Hi Steve:

 

Yesterday you profiled and sharpened my skates (I play one a week with the ladies) and you told me it would make a big difference.

 

It certainly did.  One of my teammates (who I also played with this past winter) said it was the best game she had seen me play.  My goalie told me I played a great game as did a few of the other players on my team.

 

I did feel more comfortable out there.

 

Many thanks.

 

Alison

5/5/13

Hi Guys,

Just got my skates done at http://www.precisionblades.ca/ and this guy knows his stuff.  Thought I'd pass it along if you want your blades done right.

Cheers,

Vince 

19/2/2013

Steve,

I am the guy who dropped off the skates on Saturday and picked them up on Sunday morning early. You had to reprofile the skates to fix a problem I was having with the toe of the right skate.

The job you did was unbelievable. The skates are perfect. Actually, I have never felt a sharpening that came out as smooth as these did. You have a customer for life and I did pass this on in the dressing room after the game.

Thanks for your help,

Ken

 

15/2/2013

Hi Steve,

I was in yesterday with my son Geoff’s skates and I thought I would pass along some feedback as he skated last night.  He thought they were great and noticed the most difference when he was stopping.  You have another client!!  

Scott

 

11/12/2012

Hello Steve

I was the customer who came in Friday evening with 3 sets of skates for sharpening- My skates, my son's skates and a team-mate of his with his skates. You may recall my son was going to be playing for the Oakville Blades that evening and you worked on his to even out the high spots.

Happy to report that he seemed to like the cut. He had the 7/16 cut previously. Not sure what you cut them to but it wasn't all the way to a typical cut (I forget what typical is - 1/2 "?). Matt looked smooth and was skating well. No falls or wipe outs. Almost scored in 4 on 4 OT when he went end to end.

I played on mine Sunday morning and also liked them.

We will be back.

Question: How often should they be sharpened? He played on them Friday night with the Blades, Saturday game in Owen Sound, 2 hour practice last night. He also has a 2 hour practice tomorrow - 1 with the Blades and one with the Minor Midget Rangers.

Thanks

11/1/2012

Hi Steve,

I was in your shop this week for my 9 year old son's skates. Tonight he was on the ice and he is liking it very much. He literally said "the skates want to go faster than my feet", I guess he is sold on your method.  

 

I will send you a referral for your website/facebook, and see you soon again.

 

Cheers,

10/26/2012

Another true story for your blog. Unknown to K, I had to get a sharpening done at my previous provider last week because his skates had a nick and I couldn't make it out to you. Sorry! It was Prosharp by an experienced guy, but K noticed within about two minutes of stepping on the ice for practice. He came over to tell me something was wrong with his skates. Too funny. I think you really have a secret sauce there!

S. 

10/19/2012

Hi Steve,

My name is C and I was in to see you the other day with two of my boys skates. I had said to you that one of my boys was really picky. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that he came off the ice and said I don't know what you did to my skates mom but I felt so much faster. It was great and he said that he felt he had more blade on the ice and that it was the best skate sharpening he ever had. So I wanted to let you know that and that I really really appreciate that and that we'll be back! Thanks!

10/14/12

Hi Steve, so my son with the Graffs that you had to shim on one side and that you profiled finally had his first skate with them and he was amazed at the difference. Said he had more balance, felt more secure, said his posture felt better and his right knee which always hurt after skating did not hurt! Very happy with the performance thanks.
My 10 year old was the best player on the team on his first usage of his new profiled skates. Thanks a bunch!

10/13/12

Guys,

If you have not tried the new skate sharpening shop Precision Blades on Speers I strongly recommend it. I got my skates done there yesterday and I have to say hands down the best. Check out http://www.precisionblades.ca  they have a deal right now 10 sharpenings for 50 bucks. They use the same system that the Red Wings and alot of other NHL teams use. He also has the new equipment cleaning system there as well. Address is 1200 Speers Rd Unit 25 just west of 4th line. Check it out.

John

9/28/12

Steve,

Bar-none it is the best sharpen I've had. Straight onto the ice and a perfect edge all way round!

You had me at hello bud.

I will see you next (and every) sharpen.

Achie

 

9/1/12

Hey Steve, great seeing you on Thursday. K really liked the profiling and sharpening. He says he felt a difference and I would agree that he seemed to do especially well at practice last night. His coach commented on his play after practice. Kyle just asked me if I planned to bring the skates to you for regular sharpening - you can't get a much better compliment than that.

S

9/7/12

Good day guys

A friend of mine (Steve Hamel) just opened a new business – a hockey services business.  The primary thing he is offering is skate sharpening –but it is a very different kind of sharpening.

Attached is his opening announcement email and letters and comments from professional hockey trainers.

Steve sharpened my skates recently and I have to say that it was the best sharpening I have ever had.  I then went back to him and had him install new blades and profile them – I cannot wait to try them out.

Another friend of ours had his 8 year old kids skates sharpened and profiled by Steve.  The kid (Kyle) plays double A.  Kyle told his Dad he noticed a difference and really liked it.  However, the even better endorsement came from Kyle’s coach.  His coach, without knowing about the sharpening, said something like “Kyle is skating better than everR 21;.

Take my advice – it is worth the drive to Oakville!