THE #1 SKATE SHARPENER IN HOCKEY
SPARX RADIUS VS FIRE RINGS
SPARX RADIUS RING
The Sparx Radius Rings produces the traditional hollows most commonly used in hockey, including the most popular 1/2” and 5/8” cuts. Choose from 12 different radius rings – from the deepest hollow for extreme grip (5/16”) to the flattest hollow for unmatched glide (1-¼”).
SPARX FIRE RINGS
Looking to get the grip you need with the benefit of extra glide? Our FIRE Ring hollows provide exactly what you are looking for – the best of both worlds. Available in four different cuts (3/8”, 1/2”, 5/8”, 3/4”) the FIRE ring is a re-imagined and optimized flat bottom hollow that provides improved glide while still maintain desired bite.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long does a Grinding Ring last?
If you’re freshening up your blades after every skate, you’ll get 50-60 sharpenings (or even more!) per ring (Radius Ring or FIRE Ring) and if you’re sharpening your skates after every 5-6 hours of ice time, you’ll get about 40 sharpenings. We like to say its about $1 per sharpening.
How does the Grinding Ring know when it's out of sharpenings?
This information is stored on a microchip inside the Grinding Ring and is relayed to the Ring Life Status Bar on the Menu Pad.
Do you offer a Flat Bottom sharpening?
Yes! Our patented FIRE (Flat Inside Radius Edges) Ring produces a flat bottom hollow.
How do I know which Grinding Ring to choose?
While there are many options available, the most common grinding rings are the 1/2" and the 5/8" Radius Ring™. Through our testing, we have determined that a 1/2" Radius Ring is a great starting point for smaller, younger players. Many adult players skate on a 1/2" radius as well. We have, however, found that larger, heavier players actually do quite well on the 5/8" radius. A flatter radius, the 5/8" allows heavier players to sufficiently grab an edge for turning and stopping but provides great glide as more of the blade remains above the ice surface.
What is the difference between a Radius Ring™ and a FIRE Ring™?
The easiest answer is that the Radius Ring™ produces a traditional "radius of hollow" (ROH) sharpening. Unless you know you skate on a flat-bottom profile, you will likely want to choose the Radius Ring at checkout. The Radius Rings work for both player skates and goalie skates. The FIRE Ring™ produces a flat-bottom cut with radius edges. You can find more information on the Grinding Rings page or in this blog post.
- MSMark St J.Verified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 out of 5 stars3 days agoDoes the job well
It sharpens as well as I hoped!
- MCMike C.Verified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 out of 5 stars1 week agoVery user friendly
Very user friendly
- GHGreg H.Verified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 out of 5 stars2 weeks agoRadius Ringd
We use 5/8 and 1/2 inch alot love them.
- TJTony J.Verified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 out of 5 stars1 month agoGold Star
The traditional 1/2" is the cats a$$.
- APAdam P.Verified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 out of 5 stars1 month agoSparks consistency
I use the Sparks sharpener in conjunction with our conventional machine in our store. I mainly use the old school machine and the staff rely in the spark's sharpener to achieve the same consistency from person to person that I try to put out. When we have many pairs in, most of our top clients want the what they know and request being done by hand, but the rest can be put through at the same time with the sparks cutting down wait times. I would prefer the rings to have a little longer lifespan than they do. we use 4 rings to every conventional stone. It costs us 4 times more to use the sparx machine than our Blademaster however, the consistency it puts out for our staff is a game changer.