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Below you will find answers to some of the most-asked questions we receive from our customers.

Q: Why should I buy from Dave Harvey's?
A: In addition to great prices we offer great service during and after the sale. For example, we do all the skate fittings and will take as long as necessary to find the right ones for you. Thermal-forming and the first sharpening are free. Also, any follow-up skate boot punch-outs or heat moldings are done for you at no charge for as long as you own the skates.
Whether it's baseball/softball equipment, figure skates, or hockey gear we will fit you correctly and ensure you are satisfied with your purchase.
In this day of impersonal shopping via the internet, big-box stores, outlet stores and chain stores, we are committed to being there for you with product knowledge, great prices, and friendly, personal service.
Q. What is the new skate sharpening process everyone is talking about?
A. It is called the Flat Bottom V or FBV. It is revolutionary, but most importantly, it is the "real deal". Here is some information from their website....

The Flat Bottom ‘V’ (FBV) is an evolution of the traditional method of sharpening skates. The FBV has recently been introduced by Black Stone Sports to coincide with their innovative ‘Spinner’ patent pending dressing system.

The Flat Bottom ‘V’ (FBV) available only with the Blackstone ‘Spinner System’, offers the skater the ability to have both speed and agility. A blade sharpened with the FBV has the flatness of a shallow hollow and the edges of a deep hollow (the depth of a 2 inch radius and the bite edges of a ½ inch radius).

If you'd like to read more about the Flat Bottom 'V', click on the FBV tab above.

Q: How often should I get my skates sharpened?
A: Hockey Skates: Every four to five hours of skating (games or practices, not leisure skating). There are players who think they can go longer on a sharpening, but what happens is the edges begin to lose the ability to bite into the ice. It happens gradually and the player may not realize how inefficient their stride has become.
A: Figure Skates: After ten to twelve hours of skating you should have an experienced sharpener evaluate the edge wear. Figure skating causes far less edge damage over a given number of skating hours than does hockey play. During figure skating, there is very little blade to blade contact, which keeps the edges sharp longer.
Q. I get my skates sharpened quite often. Do you offer a "frequent sharpener" discount?
A. Yes we do, and you don't have to carry a punch card with you. We keep your card on file and punch it when you come in for a sharpening. No card to lose or leave at home.
Q: Why should I have my skates Custom Radius Contoured?
A: The short answer is that when skates arrive from the manufacturer the blades have not been properly shaped to accommodate your skating style, posture and preference as to how much of the blade you want in contact with the ice during the glide portion of your stride.
The long answer is, the middle portion of a skate blade has a longer radius than at the toe or heel. This middle portion provides most of the push and all of the glide surface of the blade. The longer the radius the faster a skater will be on a straightaway. The reason for this is, more blade is in contact with the ice which gives a greater ability to push off and a longer portion on which to glide. Conversely, the shorter the radius, the tighter turns you can make. Think of a speed skater. Speed skates have a very long radius (rocker) enabling a skater's stride to be extremely efficient for straightaways. However, because of this long radius, cornering can be extremely difficult. At Dave Harvey's, you can choose from several different radii. We can also control the pitch of the blade. The ability to alter the pitch allows us to help you feel comfortable over your skates. The pitch we set is dependent on your skating posture and, to a lesser degree, your playing position.
Q. What about the depth of the hollow cut into the blade?
A. The correct radius of hollow for each skater is detemined by his or her preference. The best way to do this is to experiment with the various depths until you find your comfort zone.
We do not charge more for depth of hollow changes from our normal setting. We feel it is VERY important that each skater feel free to ask us to sharpen their skates at whatever hollow they prefer. That way they can experiment with the different settings without hesitation.
When you come to us for a sharpening we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various radius of hollow settings.
Remember, there is no magic formula. The correct sharpening for you can ONLY be determined through experimentation.
Lastly, no two ice surfaces are the same. So, although you can change the depth of hollow as the various conditions and surfaces dictate, you should concentrate on finding a depth that works for your skating style the majority of the time.
Q. I just broke my $200 hockey stick. What do I do?
A. If the stick is still covered by the manufacturer's warranty AND you have your receipt, you can contact the manufacturer (see our "links" page) for instructions on returning the stick or shaft to them. Please DO NOT bring the stick to our store for an exchange. The manufacturers WILL NOT authorize us to replace them.
Q. How do I measure for goalie leg pads?
A.Goal Pad Fitting
Measure in stocking feet the distance from floor to the center of the knee cap.

Measure distance from the center of the knee to the mid-point of the upper leg.
Add the above two measurements together and add 5" to get the length of the pad.

Note: For junior pads add 4" instead of 5"
Keep in mind, this is a general guide and does not pertain to all manufacturers. You should come to the store to be fitted properly.