FAQ

When will the Blade Barber be shipping product to customers?

Mid December 2018.   Unexpected delays in the first production order could mean we'll be shipping in January or February 2019.  The first production order can be purchased now on the website. 

What Radius of Hollow does the Blade Barber apply to skates?

 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.  The first production order will be 1/2” ROH as this accounts for 95% of the market. Send us a message to buy your custom Radius Blade Barber.

What Radius of Hollow do I need?

If you don't know, get a 1/2" ROH Blade Barber.

How much blade height does the Blade Barber require to function?  

 3/8 inches or 9.5mm of blade height is required for the Blade Barber to function.

What direction should the Blade Barber be moved (pushed or pulled) along the skate blade?

The molded handle indicates the proper direction.  Moving the Blade Barber in the wrong direction can damage the tungsten carbide cutter.

Can the Blade Barber be held and used with a left hand?

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.

Should the Blade Barber shave metal from toe-to-heel or heel-to-toe?

It does not matter.

How many sharpens should I expect from the Blade Barber?

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.

What makes the Blade Barber so accurate?

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.

My skate blades are thicker or thinner, how will the Blade Barber sharpen them?

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.

Does the Blade Barber sharpen figure skates?

Short answer is yes. They are being tested now on figure skates and we expect to have feedback in early 2019

Does the Blade Barber sharpen Goalie Skates?

Absolutely yes. Many new goalie skates have blades about 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.

Where is the Blade Barber made?

The Blade Barber is made in Canada.

What is the Blade Barber made from and how is it made?

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.  

  Is the Blade Barber patented?

Yes, the Blade Barber is patent pending in many countries.