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JR Boucicaut

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  1. On 9/17/2021 at 8:15 AM, stick9 said:

    Curious why Bauer choose to fuse the two parts. Why not make the carbon fiber part a spacer for a new lower height runner. That way the steel is replaceable after it's worn.

    Also curious as to why they haven't tried titanium. Too brittle...too hard to sharpen? There has to be more to it than just cost.

    Step tried a titanium/stainless steel hybrid similar to Fusion; was called TiSS - never made it to market.  

    On 9/17/2021 at 9:02 AM, flip12 said:

    Second paragraph, weren’t Ti runners used in the 90’s? What’s the story with those?

    TiN coating - was gold plated.  Last company to do that was Tydan.

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  2. 9 hours ago, PBH said:

    I was told all Pure Hockey stores will be transitioning to Sparx from other brands (Blackstone and ProSharp) to provide a consistent experience. I think this is a good move for Pure Hockey since most of the workers at their stores are 16-18 years of age and really dont give a crap about skate sharpening. They just want/need a job an dont care about the art of skate sharpening or profiling. 

    When I worked there, I did not have any 16 year old employees, nor did everyone in the store sharpened. The most I ever had was 6 sharpeners out of a staff of 25 - roughly 25% of the staff.  It was the only way to maintain quality control.  But I was the exception, not the rule. 

    It’s truly a blessing that I’m no longer there.  I can’t see myself still there if I had the opportunity to.  My skill set wouldn’t have been appreciated.  

    And from what I’ve been told, it’s a breeze to swap wheels/hollows on the FireBall. 

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  3. I spoke to Steve a few weeks ago about it. We’ll sit down on a video call soon for a live demo. 

    5 hours ago, Hills said:

    Both skates at the same time look interesting, but it makes the machine huge by spinning like that.

    Steve’s a pretty tall guy, but it doesn’t seem that big to me. 

  4. On 12/14/2020 at 11:52 PM, colins said:


    Easton was on a huge roll of delivering some of the finest high end composite sticks on the market up to the release of the EQ50 which was a huge flop.

    The weights in the top of the shaft weren't even that bad but the heel weight insert in the blade was terrible.

    Whoever was responsible for that release should have been fired. I'm not sure Easton ever really recovered their position in the stick market after that did they?



    The SE16 had the weights in the heel and nobody cared until they were visible in the EQ50. 

    EQ50 got an undeserved bum rap because of that. 

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  5. On 11/5/2020 at 8:13 AM, puckstopper said:

    I would guess that it does.    They probably got a utility patent on it the same way Bladetech did on their design which would allow them to manufacture and sell it without any concerns from Bauer

    No.  True's design is very different.


    An utility patent would mean that there's another function other than that it attaches to a holder. 

    Bauer's main language around their patent was that the upper geometry of the runner was the patent. 

    Perhaps I'll reach out to Nick for further clarification.

  6. Unfortunately due to low returns on data from end users, the Prosharp Project is being shut down.  The AS2001 is being packed up and sent back to Prosharp.

    I really felt that it would go over well and provide end users an opportunity to try different profiles at virtually zero cost to them, but a lot of them abused the generosity and work behind it.   Situations like this only hurt what we're trying to accomplish here - having a community with opinions and experiences and being able to collaborate with manufacturers.

    To those who did provide feedback, we totally appreciate it.  I felt that we were able to dial in profiles for those end users.  I totally appreciate your honesty and willingness to try new things.

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  7. On 10/17/2020 at 1:21 PM, pucks_putts said:

    I think it’s weird that people on here think that equipment managers are pushing players into certain gear?!?! 

    Pros get what they WANT. They try things, they talk to each other, they use what they like. And they are picky. 

    Not weird at all.  I've been around long enough to hear the stories of EQMs getting trucks and boats from reps for getting X amount of players in their product...

    But when it comes to holders, absolutely; if it makes an EQM's life easier by having everyone in the same holder, they're going to do it. 

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