Transitional Sharpening

Balance Blades come with patented learn to skate technology on the skate blade that will be removed upon sharpening. It is only recommended to sharpen the blades once the traction points are no-longer required. Balance Blades are the only learn to skate blade sharpened transitionally.

Balance Blades are sold pre-sharpened. In our opinion, kids learning to skate do not require their blades to be constantly sharpened.

The indentations on the front and rear of the blade can slowly be reduced during a light sharpening throughout 3 transitional stages as your child's skating skills improve.

This reduces the child's dependency on Balance Blades, similar to taking off the training wheels, except at a slower pace. 

Season Sharpen Part of the blade to sharpen?  When to sharpen?

First skate


No need, pre-sharpened No need, pre-sharpened
1 End of Season 

Lightly sharpen middle and front.

Once child is able to skate forward on their own without push assistance. Have sharpening services reduce the front indentations.
2 End of Season

Lightly sharpen front, middle and rear.

Once child is able to skate well on their own. Have sharpening services reduce the rear indentations. Do not rush to remove the rear as they are very helpful to the child. 
3+ End of Season Regular sharpening Balance Blades changes back to a regular skate blade.


Note: Do not over sharpen the middle. This will cause front and rear indentations to pass outside the radius of the blade to make and possibly contact prematurely. If this occurs, re-profile by sharpening down portions of the front and rear to expose more middle. 

Sharpening instruction page will be included in the skate box.