After that, I told him I wanted to take a tracing of the blades before he sharpened them. This would give me a reference point after future sharpenings. Each sharpening removes a bit of metal and over time the overall rocker profile as well as the location of the spin rocker part of that overall profile tend to change and flatten out. And although I plan to return to Skater's Paradise for sharpenings, one can't predict that I'll always live close by or indeed how many more years Mike and Joan will remain in business. It only takes one bad sharpening to ruin a pair of blades.
|My new Ultima Aspire XP blade profile before the 1st sharpening. Mike humored me.|
Anyway, I got back out on the ice and skated the last 30 minutes of the session. That was just about the right amount of time for me to gain back most of my forward skills and learn what parts of the boots I needed to have punched out. It also gave me the opportunity to test whether going down a half-size in boots would eliminate the dreaded heel slippage which has been part and parcel of my old ones practically from the first day. In the new boots my heels felt locked down even though the laces were only "snug" rather than in "as tight as I can physically make them" mode; and the top hooks were left undone in the interests of ankle bend; and I didn't have bunga pads on (an obligate requirement to take up the slop in the old boots). Whoot! Whoot! It will probably take a couple weeks to break in the boots and adjust to the new blades but after that, Look Out!