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  1. Nice try. When FBV first came out we were one of the very first to offer FBV's. It was new and Skater's barely understood hollows, never mind what a 100/50 meant. To avoid the deer in headlight looks, we tried to make it easier for customers to understand FBVs/hollow comparisons. We have always had the Blackstone nomenclature clearly on our website and in our shopping area. Customers know exactly what they are getting.
  2. I grind the heads down till they fit, dont have to take off much. If you pound them in you might now be able to pivot them straight up, which makes it hard to get the nut threaded.
  3. Yes, the edges wear unevenly, completely normal for ALL skaters, beginner to pro. Inside edges wear more, especially at the front, dominant side wears more than weak side, outside heels wear more than inside as well.
  4. In the US Step doesn't have retailers, it has wholesale distributors who then resell to retailers. As a retailer I have no direct account or agreement with STEP whatsoever. Once I get the steel, I can do anything I want with it, so I assume if a Canadian retailer is buying his steel too from a Canadian Step wholesaler (Like NASH Sports), they really are legally free to sell and ship wherever they please.
  5. The 100/50 has bite in the 1/2-9/16" hollow range, so going to 5/8 hollow would give you less bite and also less speed without the flat. I think you'll be very pleased with the Blackedge, short of stepping on metal or concrete, it's very hard to lose an edge from contact and the sharpening lasts a whole lot longer than stainless blades. Suggest you stay with the 100/50 on them. If you do change FBVs do not worry about losing speed, going to narrower width is a very very minor change and not even distinguishable by the skater. Once on the blacks, I don't think you'll need to change.
  6. The rationale is new skaters have not learned how to use edges, too much bite causes a host of problems while trying to learn. Deeper hollows not leaned at the proper angle will grab the ice too much, cause falls, uncontrolability, chattering, and a uneasy feeling while trying to stop. So for beginners a shallow hollow is better, as they improve and learn edge control, it then can be deepened in increments.
  7. A customer came in the other day with a new set he just got from Monkey, they were the defective ones.
  8. Yes, typo on my part. The difference is the stock radius's
  9. LS power and 2.1 steel was a gimmick by bauer. None of the extra length even touches the ice while skating. The difference as said above it the stock radius was longer than LS2.
  10. I missed his intent if that was the case.
  11. I have people from all over the US mail me holder conversions. While other shops may have time to do these, I usually don't. I often refer people to Zwickers, they do good work.
  12. WTF is that supposed to mean? Or are you just being an ass.
  13. Yes, I'm booked with work till next year.
  14. Go to Zwickers, I'm too busy to do remounts! Just did 3 roller conversions, my fun meter is pegged till next year.
  15. I have a bunch of D1college players on FBV, is that high enough level? I also did Doug Weight (NHLHOF) a couple of years ago ,he just got his machine and wanted me to do the first one for him. His son was using it too. Over the years I've done other former NHL players and Olympic skaters so they're out there for sure.