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How Often Should Figure Skating Blades Be Sharpened?

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Question: How Often Should Figure Skating Blades Be Sharpened?
This short article addresses how often a figure skater should sharpen his or her skates.
Answer: A simple answer to this question is that figure skating blades need to be sharpened when they need to be sharpened. How often figure skates need sharpening will depend on how much a skater skates and how hard he or she skates. Sometimes the edges no longer feel secure and a skater will know when the blades just feel dull. Also, if you rub the width of the blade back and forth with a finger, you can tell that the blade is dull.

In general, figure skates need sharpening after about forty hours of ice skating. Figure skaters can determine that their blades need sharpening when the blades start to slide sideways too easily.

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