skates is no fun when your blades are dull. You gotta keep
them sharp. To sharpen Nordic skates you
can't take them to a hockey skate sharpening place. Hockey
skates are sharpened to have a concave surface on the blade
base. Nordic skates are like speed skates, they need the
blade base to be flat. So you will need a sharpening jig
and a sharpening stone. You can get the stone at a
hardware store like AIH (in Anchorage) or maybe Lowe's or Home
Depot. I use a Norton (8 " x 2" x 1") sharpening stone ...
you can find them on the web if they aren't at your local
will need a sharpening jig to hold your skates rock steady while
you sharpen them. To get a jig you can order one off the web.
But if you are like me, you will say: "Why buy one when I can
whip one together with stuff I have lying around my home!?".
So ... here is the jig I made (see below). It's no work of
art ... but it gits 'er done!
Sharpen your skates with
smooth, steady strokes from the front of the skate to the back.
Make sure the sharpening stone is lying flat across your skate
blades or you will not get a good sharp edge. When the
edge of your skate blades can easily shave off white powder from
your thumbnail ... then they are ready to go.