TECHNOLOGIES | Blade design
We all know the differences in style that intervene on the ice between figure skating, hockey and fitness. But we can also identify differences between the hockey blade and the figure skating blade. In fact, the figure blade has tips on tue upper part and is usually longer and heavier than a hockey blade. Furthermore, in most cases, the figure skating blade is mounted separately on a dedicated shoe, while the hockey skates blades are anchored to the bottom of the shoes directly.
Another difference is found in the fastening system: rivets are used to anchor the blade to the hockey skate, screws for figure skating.
In figure skating, too, very short heels are used to help the mobility and precisely transfer the movement to the ice. Then, it is not entirely true that larger toe picks are better for more experienced skaters: the really important thing at the tip is the front curve of the blade (called rocker), which allows for precise changes of direction, jumps and landings.
The material used to make the blades can be tempered steel, stainless steel or extruded aluminum. The latter is lighter, more resistant than tempered steel and allows the blade to be sharpened less frequently than other structures.
Finally, a nod to the design of endurance and speed blades. They are very long, thin, as they have to transfer all the thrust from the skater to the ice, without dispersion. The result is maximum speed, optimal control and reduced braking distance.