The Blade Barber comes in a 7/16”, 1/2”, 5/8” and 3/4” Radius of Hollows. All models require 3/8” of blade height to function. 1/2” ROH accounts for ~95% of the market. Send us a message to buy your custom Radius Blade Barber.
If you don't know, get a 1/2" ROH Blade Barber.
3/8 inches or 9.5mm of blade height is required for the Blade Barber to function.
The molded handle indicates the proper direction. Moving the Blade Barber in the wrong direction can damage the tungsten carbide cutter.
Yes. If you're holding the Blade Barber in your left hand you can pull it along the skate blade. The Blade barber is pushed when held in your right hand. The arrow on the handle indicates the direction the B.B. must travel.
It does not matter.
If the blades do not have a hollow sharpening, then you can't use the Blade Barber.
If your blades have a special ROH you must use a specialty ROH Blade Barber to match the radius on your blades. Most pro-shops will apply a 1/2" ROH unless you ask for something different, so if you don't know what radius is on your skates then it is likely 1/2", which will require the Standard 1/2" ROH Blade Barber. You can sharpen skates with a ROH matching the radius printed on the Blade Barber. You can also sharpen skates with a radius smaller than the radius printed on the Blade Barber. You can't sharpen skates with a radius larger than the radius printed on the Blade Barber. If you color the hollow of your skates with a marker and take one pass on each edge of your skates, you can clearly see where the BB is cutting your skate blade. If you are removing metal close to the edge of the blade then you are sharpening your skate to the same radius or creating a larger radius, which will yield good results. If you are removing metal close to the middle of the blade then you are sharpening your skate to a smaller radius, which will not sharpen your edges.
The tungsten carbide cutter in the B.B. dulls over time. If used properly, the B.B. should give you 25-30 sharpens. If you are always sharpening very dull or damaged skates then you will get less than 25 sharpens.
Yes, the Blade Barber will sharpen DLC or hard coated steel blades. You may see a slight increase in the wear on the cutter blade inside the Blade Barber. We have not extensively tested DLC or carbon coated blades, so results may very.
The cutter blade accounts for 80% of our manufacturing cost. It’s not worth the effort to replace. We have been working hard to reduce the cost of this part, and if and when we do we'll offer to replace the cutter blade and will reduce the selling price of the BladeBarber.
The Blade Barber hones the bite angle, one edge at a time. It isn't trying to align the skate blade to a grinding wheel using complex machinery. Its simplicity is it's greatest strength and reason for its accuracy! It will always give you the same accurate bite angle on each edge.
Blade Barber gives you the same bite angle regardless of blade thickness. In all other types of skate sharpening, blade thickness variation causes bite-angle inaccuracies.
The Blade Barber uses the side of the skate blade as a guide to sharpen one edge at a time. It will give you the same bite angle on each edge. Your skate blades must be from 0.100" - 0.170" thick or 2.5mm - 4.3mm thick.
Short answer is yes. They are being tested now on figure skates and we expect to have feedback in mid 2019
Absolutely yes. Many new goalie skates have blades that are the same thickness as player skates. A 4mm thick goalie blade will require some knowledge of blade geometry and what radius the last sharpening was. We may offer goalie BB models in 2019.
The Blade Barber is designed and made in Canada.
The Blade Barber is made using the highest quality processes and materials.
1. Tungsten carbide is used to shave hard and wear resistant stainless steel skate blades. We tested many grades of tungsten carbide from many suppliers before landing on our custom proprietary sub-micron tungsten carbide composition.
2 Grinding our tungsten carbide cutter requires ultra-high precision diamond grinding that could not be done by many tool grinders in USA and Germany. The proprietary grinding process was developed in Canada over many years and allows the Blade Barber to hone your skates bite angles to very high accuracy.
3. The guide plate is ceramic coated and it’s another key to the accuracy of the bite angle achieved by the B.B. Earlier prototypes were made from brass and stainless steel and they would wear and change shape too easily. There are no compromises used to make the guide plate. It is CNC machined to an accuracy of +\-0.0005”.
The Blade Barber is made in Canada by people that care about sharp skates and making a quality product.
The Blade Barber is by far the best value in handheld sharpeners, and arguably the best value in any sharpening product available.
The plastic handle is fiber reinforced nylon for ultimate strength and rigidity.
At first site the Blade Barber might look like a cheap plastic tool, but it isn’t.
Yes, the Blade Barber is patent pending in many countries.