Understanding blade fundamentals
- Crossed toe picks
This will help reduce slippage in the ice when you pass an angle of 20 degrees. There are different size toe picks for different needs according to your level.
- Square toepicks
Carbon steel blades in general are less noisy than stainless blades. However, Stainless being harder steel (hence why they are noisier because they tend to resonate more) do have a better longevity for the life of the sharpening.
- Extra glide
For extra glide, stainless steel blades do a better job than carbon blades UNLESS they are tapered blades like Gold Seal's from John Wilson (IOW's wider in the front and narrower at the heel. Another advantage to a tapered blades is the ease of spins.
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