We’re the LARGEST and BEST family-run, hockey skate sharpening company in Nanaimo, BC.
Now offering Team Skate Sharpening Cards
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HOURS • We’re open all year-round – click here for our complete hours. For after-hours drop-off, you can simply lock your skates in one of our secure lockers, just outside the shop door.
WHILE YOU WAIT • If you stop by during our open hours, Jim can sharpen your skates while you wait on one of our comfy chairs (or you can arrange to pick them up later, even if we are closed, thanks to our handy locker system).
USE OUR LOCKERS • We offer secure lockers for after-hours drop-off and pick-up. Empty lockers are left open, so you can drop off your skates any time, locked and safe. If you drop off your skates while we are open, and want to pick them up after we close, we can give you a key to pick them up at your convenience.
LIFE HAPPENS • The Edge is a family-run business. We always do our best, but if “life happens” and we’re not at the shop, call or text (250) 668-7070.
IT’S YOUR STYLE • When we sharpen your blades you get to choose the hollow that best suits your needs (common hollows are 3/8", 1/2", & 5/8").
WHAT’S A HOLLOW? • The hollow refers to the depth of your sharpened hockey blade, measured from edge to edge; each of our three options gives you a different result and feel. You can read more about hollows further down this page.
ONE AT A TIME • It’s just $5.00 to sharpen a pair of skates, and we only accept cash (for now).
BUY ‘EM IN BULK • Sharpen your skates a lot? Purchase an Edge Skate Sharpening Card, and get a 10-pack of sharpenings for only $40!
SUPPORT THE TEAM • We are proud to now offer Team Skate Sharpening Cards! Buy 30 sharpenings for just $120, and anyone on the team can use the card. Great for Minor Hockey, Rec Hockey, Old Timer Hockey, and anyone else with a lot of skates to sharpen!
WE’LL CALL YOU • Once your skates have been sharpened, just right, we’ll give you a call (or text, or email) to let you know.
BUY MORE STUFF • We also stock hockey tapes and a few other odds and ends in our little garage, so make sure you’ve got some pocket change when you pick up your skates.
We’re open year-round! Here’s when we’re in the shop:
Open All Summer! From July 1st to August 31st, we’re open Sunday to Thursday, 3:00pm to 8:00pm, and closed Fridays and Saturdays.
Even if we’re closed, you can ALWAYS drop off skates using our secure lockers, located just outside the shop door.
We are also pretty flexible, and can usually make time after hours if you’re in a pinch. Just call ahead and we will see what we can do!
And if you do stop by and we’re not home, call or text Jim’s cell at (250) 668-7070 and he’ll let you know when to expect us back.
The Edge Skate Sharpening is located at 2118 Lang Crescent, in central Nanaimo. Check out our contact page for details (and a map).
It’s only $5.00 to sharpen a pair of skates, or you can buy a 10-pack for just $40.00!
We also offer Team Skate Sharpening cards: purchase 30 skate sharpenings for $120, and anyone on the team can use the card.
We currently accept cash only.
We sharpen hockey skates, including goalie skates. We are not able to sharpen figure skates.
How often you have your hockey skates sharpened depends a lot on how often you play, and at what level.
As a general rule of thumb, we recommend that you have your skates sharpened somewhere in between every 4-8 games. (Our son plays 4-5 games per week on average, and has his skates sharpened once per week.)
And if you haven’t had your skates sharpened by The Edge before, you might be surprised at how much you like keeping them “sharp”!
This answer depends on the player, on size, playing style, and skates – and there’s also just a “feel” to it.
Remember, the term “hollow” refers to the depth of your hockey blade, measured from edge to edge. We can provide a large range of different hollows, with the 3 most common options being 3/8", 1/2", & 5/8".
Shallow hollows have larger numbers (ex: 5/8"), and deeper hollows have smaller numbers (ex: 3/8").
Unsure which hollow to choose? Consider these points:
Your Style • Want greater speed in straightaways and easier gliding? Choose a shallow hollow. If you prefer clean, sharp turns, on the other hand, go with a deeper hollow.
Your Size • The more you weigh the more likely you’ll benefit from a shallow hollow, as the less aggressive cut will prevent the blade from digging into the ice.
Your Ice • The ice surface itself has an effect on how the blade interacts with it, and a good rule of thumb is “the harder the ice, the deeper the hollow”. When you skate on softer ice, a shallow hollow will allow you to glide across the surface, as opposed to digging in and slowing down.
If you have a question that we haven’t covered, just contact us by phone, text, or email and we’ll be happy to help!