Are Flare Skate Blades approved for use in the NHL and international competition?
Yes. Based on the NHL’s review of such product, the Flare Skate Blade is not only cleared for use by NHL players, but currently used by an increasing number of the leagues' athletes. The IIHF confirms that "there are at the moment no rules in place that would prevent players to use such blades".
Are Flare Skate Blades available for goalies?
Soon. Our patented technology works just as well on a goalie blades, and has been tested at the professional level. Flare Skate Blades for goalie application are currently in development and we will offer them on our website as well as in our retail locations as soon as they are available.
How long does it take to get used to Flare Skate Blades?
The adjustment time is no different than if you were getting used to a new pair of traditional replacement blades. Have a look at our Hollow Conversion Chart to determine the angle appropriate for you and the way you skate to ensure a smooth transition.
Do Flare Skate Blades cut up the ice?
No. In regular play, Flare Skate Blades are no different than traditional blades in terms of cutting up the ice.
How do Flare Skate Blades wear?
Wear is similar to any high-end traditional blade that are made from high-end stainless steel. We use only the best steel, Sandvik™, imported from Sweden. We ethically manufacture Flare Skate Blades in Calgary, Canada.
Wear is determined by frequency of sharpening, as opposed to frequency of skating.
Do Flare Skate Blades fit all hockey skate blade holders?
Flare Skate Blades fit a number of skate blade holders from the most popular hockey skates on the market:
What are Flare Skate Blades made of?
Are Flare Skate Blades wider than traditional skate blades?
Yes, but only where the blade meets the ice.
Flare Skate Blades are the same width as traditional skate blades where the steel inserts into the holder, down to the starting point of the flare. From the flare down, the blades are up to 50% wider than traditional blades. That sounds like a lot, but we’re talking about millimeters here.
Are Flare Skate Blades heavier than traditional skate blades?
The difference in weight is non-existent to negligible, depending on which blade you are comparing your Flare Skate Blade to. Flare Skate Blades can be up to 18 grams / 0.63 ounces heavier than traditional skate blades.
Do Flare Skate Blades require any special care?
No. As with traditional blades, we recommend wiping your Flare Skate Blades clean after each use and checking them for nicks or stripped / rolled edges to determine if sharpening is required.
Ideally, they should be taken out of your bag to air dry with the skate covers removed.
How do I sharpen my Flare Skate Blades?
The exact same way you sharpen your traditional skate blades. Flare Skate Blades can be sharpened using the same machine, equipment, and stone as for traditional skate blades; no special equipment is required. We do, however, recommend adjusting the hollow to adjust for the flare.
As with traditional blades, we recommend Flare Skate Blades be sharpened by an experienced skate sharpening technician in order to maintain optimal performance.
Do Flare Skate Blades need to be sharpened more often than traditional blades?
No. Flare Skate Blades do not require more or less sharpening than traditional blades. As with traditional blades, the amount of sharpening will depend on the intensity and frequency of use, and will ultimately be a matter of personal preference.
Although individual use varies, recreational players who have switched over to Flare Skate Blades have reported their blades require less sharpening than their previous traditional blades.
We recommend checking your Flare Skate Blades for any nicks or stripped/rolled edges after each use to determine if sharpening is required.
Can I use a honing stone on Flare Skate Blades?
Yes. Be sure to keep the honing stone on the angled part of the blade only. Running it flush across the whole blade will dull the edges.