Profiling - Blade profiling is blade shaping using a precision system of shaping the working radius (gliding surface) of the blades to the specifications of each skater.  Correct positioning of the balance point on the blade provides maximum stability and maneuverability matched for the player.  The concept of profiling is to balance a skate for proper Lie and Radius.  Once or twice a year skates should be profiled to give them the proper Lie and Radius.  After having been profiled, they are sharpened to the desired hollow radius.  Skates direct from the factory are profiled and in a majority of cases may have an incorrect lie for the individual skater.  Blade-Tek uses a computer aided grinding machine to achieve exact specifications.  Goalie skates can be given virtually any profile, from a 50 or 60mm (minimum) to near full blade length (maximum) working radius.

For years sharpening attendants have been 'rockering' skate blades. The idea was to put a smaller radius on the blade to increase maneuverability.  Although the idea is sound, the operation was mostly 'free-hand', consequently there was no consistency, and more importantly, no consistency in the lie (pitch) of the radius.  The radius on a 'rockered' blade extends from toe to heel, and very often too much blade is taken off both front and back of the blades.  The quality of the 'rocker' was dependent on the skate sharpening attendant.  The results were inconsistent, often proved wasteful and harmful to performance.

Profiling on the other hand is not a 'free-hand' operation.  Blades are shaped and matched to the skaters' natural stance and style. Blade-Tek's Computer-Aided-Grinding machine ensures the profiled blades each have the exact same lie and working radius.
In addition, this system has the advantage of being able to apply this profile to any new skates or spare blades, exactly like your previous pair, so you don't have to re-adjust your skating style.  Profiling takes out the guesswork and gives you the same precision time after time.


Lie - The Lie of a skate is the pitch of the center Radius.  It is this pitch or Lie that controls the skater's posture.  Radius is actually secondary to Lie in proper skating.  Even though the Radius may be correct, if it is not pitched properly, the skater will experience great difficulty in skating.  With the correct LIE, a skater standing erect should be evenly balanced and comfortable.  If the lie is too far back, the knees and ankles will be forced to bend. If the lie is too far forward, the legs are locked into a rigid position.

The Profiling System uses the concept of LIE to assist the skater with proper posture by pitching the working Radius to match the player's posture; either slightly forward, slightly back or straight-up, unlocking the ankles, knees, and hips..
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Custom Skate Profiling
                 A Technical Approach to Better Skating
Good skating starts with properly cared for skates - correctly profiled skates can enhance your skating.   Profiling can repair most damage to blades caused by excessive grinding or poor skate sharpening.
Forward Lie
Straight Up Lie
Backwards Lie
Good Reasons for Profiling
Increased Lateral Stability & Movement
Increased Straight Away Speed
Reduced Fatigue
Increased Shooting & Passing Accuracy
Pick the Profile (Working Radius) that's right for you
Skates are typically mfg with radii of:
-   7 or 9 foot (standard men's hockey skate)
-   11 or 13 foot (standard youth & Jr sized skate)
-   28-30 foot or larger (Goalie skate) 
The smaller the working radius (gliding surface), the less blade contact with the ice;  Less blade contact produces less resistance to lateral movement, which translates into greater maneuverability.  More or a larger blade contact area produces more resistance to lateral movement which translates into better stability.  A larger glide surface also permits increase to acceleration and speed.
Increased Balance
Improved Control
Quicker Stops and Starts 
Tighter Turns
While the system was initially designed for player's skates, goalie skates can also be profiled.    Profiling is blade shaping and positioning the balance point on the blade with precision, then sharpening with a suitable radius of hollow to provide enhanced  performance for the skater. (Vid Clip)

Skates manufactured today are the product of years of development and now represent state of the art technology.  Even so, manufacturers cannot economically provide a matched pair of blades "ice ready" to the individual specifications of each skater.
Blade sharpening is routinely done free hand, although there may be one or two older SHARPENING GURUs around, most have long since retired to their recliners.  Many mega-sport-shop 'sharpening attendants' do not have the training, skill nor the desire to sharpen skates with precision.  Many ultimately cause problems for skaters due to skate performance being lower than expectations, directly due to improper sharpening and altered profiles.