The Blade Size will be etched into the blade holder, and will be a 3 digit number.
Our First Batch of Flare Goalie Blades has arrived, however only in the BAUER VERTEXX EDGE®, Sizes 9, 10, & 11. More sizes are coming soon, and they will be added to our website when they are ready.
No special equipment is required. However, a hollow adjustment is required to adjust for the flare.
To really be precise, use a Flare Square Edge Checker to ensure level sharpening edges. The Flare Square Edge Checker will work on Flare Blades as well as all traditional 3mm blades.
Be sure to hold the honing stone parallel to the angled part of the blade only. Running it flush across the whole blade will dull your edges.
To hone DLC-Coated Blades, use a leather chamois cloth or a clay/gummy stone.
Flare Blades can be sharpened on the Sparx® machine. To order your Sparx® grinding ring for Flare Blades, please visit their website. Make sure you follow our Hollow Conversion chart. For example, if you use a 5/8" hollow on standard skate blades, that is a 1 1/8" hollow on Flare Blades, so you would order the 1 1/8" grinding ring.
As Flare Skate Blades are designed to fit in hockey's most popular holders, the profile is the same as the manufacturer's stock CCM®, Bauer®, or Graf® steel.
Because the Flare Blades already offer significantly more glide and turning capabilities, we always recommend to try our stock profile first. Flare Blades will only be able to be profiled 1 blade at a time on all automated profile machines.
If you are profiling on a ProSharp® machine, please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can send you some magnetic shims. The shims attach to the blade where it is clamped in the machine, and assist with keeping the blade clamped level and tight.
Flare Skate Blades fit a number of skate blade holders from the most popular hockey skates on the market:
A traditional steel runner has a 3 mm base; Flare steel has a 4.5 mm base, giving you the power to perform exceptionally.
We have weighed our steel against other skate blades and have found that there is no difference in weight.
As with traditional blades, we recommend wiping your Flare Skate Blades clean after each use. Skate Soakers are good to use while the blades are in your bag, however when you get home you should always remove your skates from your bag, and remove the soakers from the blades to let the blades dry.
Flare Skate Blades are approved by both the NHL and IIHF for use.
Most often, there is no adjustment period, you will notice the Flare Blade benefits right away. For best results, we suggest giving yourself 3 hard skates. The harder you skate, the better your performance on Flare Blades.
Many Flare Blade users state they don't have to sharpen their blades as often as they used to with traditional blades. We use a very high-quality Swedish knife steel, so our blades do not wear down as fast as traditional steel blades which are almost entirely made in Asia.