Very few people know the difference between a quality sharpening and poor sharpening. This is due to very little education being passed to customers from the skate shops. At Soles, we do not cut corners and sharpen your skates properly.
The Flat Bottom V or 'Fire Cut' is an alternative cut where instead of a concave shape as the hollow, the hollow looks more squared out with two sharp points on each edge. The theory behind the flat bottom V is that a skater can get more grip without given up too much glide.
Goalies in particular often find this style of hollow to be beneficial. The biggest draw back for this cut is you may find you have to get your skates sharpened more frequently.
Yes! Our Sparx PS100 allows us to offer our customers the option if the Flat Bottom V Cut, also known as Fire Cut. We can provide 5/8, ½, & ¾" cuts.
We offer Fire Cuts in the same size hollows you are used to. The best way to determine if this is the cut for you is to give it a try and see how it feels.
Hand sharpening takes more time and precision. We will work with your blade until it is not only sharp but square and level.
Hand sharpening is the only real way to fix a damaged blade and is the traditional way of doing it. It takes longer to do but the results are better.
However, we have been extremely impressed with the consistency of the Sparx PS100. When calibrated correctly, this method of sharpening is just as effective. However, there are those who prefer a hand sharpened blade and we wanted to be able to offer our clients that option. Depending on the condition of your blade, hand sharpening for correction may be required.
At Soles we offer an after hours drop-off service in the bin at the front of the building.
The bin is completely padded on the inside so your skates will not be damaged when they are placed in the box. The bin is also monitored by security cameras.
After the skates are placed in to the drop box and your text message is sent to confirm drop-off we will remove them and place them safely in the store since we live only moments away.
All skates dropped off will be sharpened using the Sparx machine. If you are requesting hand sharpening we cannot not guarantee a four hour turn-around during regular business hours due to the length of time required for this process.
Drop bin instructions:
- Take a picture of your skates and have blade covers on them before placing in the bin.
- Send a text to 902.797.0858 with the picture of your skates attached, as well as the size and brand of your skate.
At Soles we offer you all the accessories you may need in your skate bag. Laces, tape, socks, skate guards, wax, deodorizers, stones, mouth guards and repair kits. We even carry GONGSHOW hockey apparel.
We do not sell hockey gear.
We sell stick extenders to allowing you to keep using it and save money.
There are many different types. We sell tape for holding up your socks as well as specialty stick tape for more grip and better puck control. We also have NHL team branded tape to represent your favorite team.
Yes. We sell a little tool kit for situations just like this so you can tighten the nuts and bolts in the locker room before the game.