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Misslutz

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Skate sharpening - swindon area
« on: September 10, 2016, 01:15:29 PM »
Hiya

Could anyone recommend where to get skates sharpened in the Swindon area.

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Re: Skate sharpening - swindon area
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2016, 09:16:44 AM »
http://allstarhockeyshop.co.uk/contact.html

They do hockey & figure blades
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Re: Skate sharpening - swindon area
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2019, 10:05:12 AM »
Is there anywhere in Swindon that opens before 17:30 to sharpen skates?

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Re: Skate sharpening - swindon area
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2019, 11:23:12 PM »
Recommend All Star Hockey for skate sharpening (My 2 have their figure blades sharpened there).  All Star sharpen your blades while you wait and are also open 9 - 3 on Saturdays.
 They are very friendly and excellent customer service.

Another place that sharpens skates is Wildcat Sports (the shop at the rink in the Link Centre) http://wildcatsports.co.uk/ which has very friendly and helpful staff.  I cannot comment on their blade sharpening service as we have not used it.
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Re: Skate sharpening - swindon area
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2019, 08:40:40 PM »
In short, Wildcat Sports at sharpening = bodged job.

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In more detail:

I'd recommend avoiding Wildcat Sports shop in the Link Centre.

Used them start of this month for a sharpen and they:
* Took a chip out the back of the blade
* Left a number of jagged groves/dents up and down the blade near the rear (which others later said could only have happened if they took the blade in and out during the sharpen)
* Left them blunt
* Damaged the boot (looks to have been held so tight that a thumb or something has pushed into the side)

After then struggling on a couple of public skates, this was discussed with the coach who runs the Tuesday afternoon class and, in short, they said the skates were in a bad shape.  They advised to visit All Star Hockey, explain what has happened, ask for their professional opinion, and then return to Wildcat Sports to discuss.

We decided to vote with our money and after discussion with All Star Hockey simply get them to sharpen the blades (and will do in the future too!).

They've had to remove so much just to iron out all the damage... There's still a chip at the back of the blade, which will hopefully not be a problem.

Shoddy job.

Only theory we have is that as it was the last 20 minutes of their opening hours, they rushed and bodged the job.