Custom Radius for Skate Sharpeners

Custom Radius Ice Skate Contouring Equipment

Blademaster Custom Radius

There are other Ice Skate Contouring systems available, but these pages deal only with Custom Radius II and to a lesser extent Custom Radius I.

To obtain Custom Radius equipment pricing or to order Custom Radius equipment, contact: Blademaster.

This information presupposes that you have a skate grinder suitable for contouring. Most cabinet models, and some portable skate grinders can facilitate the Custom Radius gear. While it is possible to perform contouring using a parallel grinder only, this method is reserved for maintaining a particular contour, and is not recommended for contouring in general.

In order to handle the stock removal required for contouring, it is recommended that you use a cross grinder.

To properly accept the Custom Radius II gear, your skate grinder must have the following minimum table dimensions: Width: 18 inches, Depth: 11 inches, Thickness: .5 inch, and a front edge overhang of 1.5 inch.

AContour Fixture
The guts of the system. Custom Radius I and Custom Radius II Contour Fixtures are similar, but they have obvious differences. The image above is a Custom Radius II system mounted on a Blademaster skate grinder.

BRadius Bars
Radius bars are used to apply a specific Rocker Radius to a skate blade. Custom Radius 2 bars have 2 radii on each Radius Bar. The standard bars provided with a Custom Radius kit are 7-foot (2.13M) / 9-foot (2.74M) and 11-foot (3.35M) / 13-foot(3.96)M. Other Custom Radius II bars are 13-foot(3.96M) / 15-foot(4.25M), 28-foot(8.53M) / Straight, 104-foot(31.68M) / Straight. Custom Radius I bars have 1 radius plus one straight side on each bar, and are available in the same radii as Custom Radius II bars. You can also special order radius bars for either Custom Radius I or Custom Radius II with any radius you want. All it takes is your money.

CBoot Gauge
Used to measure the boot and determine the center line of the skate. This center line is matched to the center line of the contouring fixture when the skate is clamped into the contouring fixture. In early Custom Radius I systems no boot gauge was used. Since Custom Radius I was introduced when tube skates were popular, the rear pillar of the tube skate was placed against a pin on the contouring fixture, and thus located the center line of the skate. It is easy to tell by looking at today's plastic blade holders, that the pin idea is impractical, and Custom Radius I systems must be upgraded to accommodate plastic blade holders. The upgrade is simply the removal of the pin, and the addition of a boot gauge to your Custom Radius I system.

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