7. Using distractions With regards to sharpening skates, most of us conveniently forget how the narrow little bit of steel in the bottom of your skate, that's no more than 1/8" broad, may be the only point of contact among one's body and the surface from the ice. Because with this friction, the skate blade will miss its edge. It is essential to understand the relationship between the sharpness with the skate as well as the surface in the rink. If the skates haven't been correctly honed, even finest set of two skates are only of limited use and every one of your hockey skills can be of no use. Picture wanting to play hockey once you find it difficult standing up around the ice.