Can you skate faster with non sharp hockey skates or sharp hockey skates?

People say that 3/8, 1/2, 5/8, sharp is the most common sharpness for hockey skates. If you're a beginner you'll use 1/2.
3/8 is better for manuevring, cutting terms and so on. But you may loose speed with that sharp of a blade. If you have 5/8 it's a shallower hollow. You get more speed that way, but less grip on the ice so your turns won't be as good.


Dull or incorrectly-sharpened hockey skate blades can slow you down and hold you back from accelerating, stopping, and turning quickly and accurately. Learning how to sharpen hockey skates will help you to effectively transfer power from your legs to the blades on the ice.

When your hockey blades have nicks and dents they will affect your performance causing you to lose speed and sometimes make you fall. Once your more experienced you begin to understand how often a hockey skate blade should be sharpened. Usually a professional will prefer to sharpen skate blades every two hours, or after every game when playing indoors. When skating outside, blades can become dull even faster. It is important to remember that excessive sharpening can wear down a blade very fast so the recreational player may not find it effective to sharpen blades that often, unless they are nicked and dented.
A non-professional player will want to have a hockey shop sharpen them, because the shop employees will know better how to sharpen hockey skates. A hand-honing stone makes an excellent choice for a temporary sharpening of your blades. Simply slide the stone over the sides of the blades to hone them. Although this does not replace a blade sharpening, it works as a quick fix.

Personal prefence goes along with this. Some skaters find that sharper skates help them corner and skate faster, while other players prefer a duller blade as it allows them to make a more gentle stop. But if you find your skates to be too sharp just after getting them sharpened, there are several things you can do to dull them to the way you want them.


The friciton caused by the blades rubbing against the ice cause the ice to melt and causes there to be a thin layer of water which makes the hockey skates glide across the ice. If you have too sharp of blades it may cause the blades too cut deeper into the ice making it harder to go faster. So the answer to our question is you skate faster with duller blades rather than sharp blades.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOpTvXii1so

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Sources: http://dennis-kane.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/ice_hockey_monkey1.jpg- the monkey picture.
www.youtube.com for the video.
http://pix.summitsportsinc.com/52124.jpg for the picture of the hockey skates.
http://www.prohockeystuff.com/hockey-skates/sharpening.aspx for some information used.