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Rocker is named for the blade’s ability to rock back and forth (rocking motion). A smaller radius results in more rocker.      

7′ (foot) Rocker

More curved blade, thus less surface contact with the ice.


  • More forgiving on spins.
  • Smoother three turns; more mobile on the ice.
  • Deeper edges.


  • Less contact surface for edge control and landing jumps.

8′ (foot) Rocker

Less curved blade (flatter), hence more contact surface with the ice.


  • Faster on the ice (if you see speed skates, they are virtually flat).
  • Better edge control so you don’t fall off the edge easily while preparing to jump.
  • More stability upon landing jumps (important for multiple revolution jumps).


  • It is harder to find the ‘sweet’ spot for spins and three turns as the blade is less curved.

Generally, it is recommended you start off with the more curved blade (7′ rocker) until you are confident in your ability to centre spins. A flatter blade (8′ rocker) becomes important for performing triple and quadruple jumps. The flatter profile affords you more room and time to correct your landing, but you must be spot-on with your spin entries as the 8′ rocker provides less of a rocking motion, so it is harder to rock forward onto the spin rocker to begin your spin



The drag pick is the bottom pick. The master picks are the front picks (for jumps). The drag pick is the last thing to leave the ice on a jump (even on edge jumps); the first part of the blade to touch the ice on a jump landing; and, it slightly touches the ice on most spins.

On jumps, the toe picks bite into the ice to give the skater a stable entry for takeoff. On landing, they provide a pivot point to use in controlling the impact, and position of your exit.

Toe picks are also used for pivots and pirouettes. Jump-Spins, such as the Flying Camel, do use the toe picks to land the jump portion and then pivot onto the proper spin rocker edge for the spin portion.


Cross Cut

Cross cut toe picks don’t dig as deeply into the ice, but will keep the pick from sliding on the ice. This is a wonderful feature for beginners to intermediates as it will allow you to work on your jumps with greater consistency.


Straight Cut

Straight cut toe picks will allow the skater to quickly dig into the ice deep. This will allow skaters to get more height on their jumps. However, it may also make them lose momentum due to increased likelihood of slippage. Recommended more for advanced skaters who are confident in their jumps.

Blade Styles


Most blades run parallel. These are the easiest to sharpen.


Similar to parallel, but the blade is thinnest at the center, which helps to center your weight on this part of the blade. Most blade companies have discontinued the production of Parabolic models.

Side Honed

On the vertical side of the blade, there is some material removed, resulting in a lighter blade and more bite angle (deeper edges). We would not recommend parabolic style blades for any side honed and tapered blades. You actually pay extra for one feature, but lose TWO features in return. We would only recommend them in place of parallel style blades.


Originally made to be lighter than standard blades, skaters later found that the composite chassis (the base that holds the blade) had some flex to it. This elastic property cushioned impact forces which is important. The cushioning on Revolution blades is very noticeable and helps to perform jumps for longer. Your hips will thank you for it!

The caveats to revolution blades are typically the cost and less room for catch foot maneuvers. If you plan to skate often, they are a good investment.


Blade Profile

Blade profile is the shape and placement of the spin rocker in relation to the rest of the blade. The point where the curvature of the rocker changes is the ‘sweet spot’. This point should fall just slightly forwards of the ball of your foot. Hence, blades are designed to accommodate people’s foot differences in boots. You can see in the graphic where this sweet spot is in different blade models. These models can be purchased in traditional or revolution style.

The glide/stroke section (the main rocker) is measured in feet.
The spin rocker is measured in inches. Thus, a 27 inch radius is also 2.25 feet, which makes for a more curved section than a 7 or 8 foot rocker (17 inch = 1.42 ft, while 12 inch = 1 ft).

The larger the radius of the spin rocker, the flatter this part of the blade is. You can see that the Pattern 99/Aces have the flattest sweet spot. Meanwhile, the Gold Seal/Star/Professional have a curvy spin rocker, BUT the sweet spot is farther forward. Phantoms occupy the middle ground. Does the curvature of the spin rocker matter? The most important part is the
placement of the spin rocker, so make sure you have the correct blades fitted
first (sweet spot just slightly ahead where the ball of your foot flexes). The curvature of the spin rocker has the same characteristics as discussed in the ‘rocker’ section above, but doesn’t much matter when it comes to the spin rocker. In fact, you’ll see that the further along the sweet spot is, the more curved the spin rocker has to be so you don’t end up spinning on the drag pick.

BladeManufacturerToe Pick SizeToe Pick RakeBlade StyleBlade MaterialSide HonedChassis MaterialStanchion HeightNo. of RockersSpin RockerSkate Rocker
Gold SealJohn WilsonStandardCross CutTaperSteelHollow-GroundSteelHigh212"8
Gold Seal (Rev)John WilsonStandardCross CutTaperSteelHollow-GroundCarbon FiberHigh212"8
Phoenix GoldJohn WilsonStandardCross CutParallelCardibeStrengthCarbon FiberHigh212"8
Pattern 99John WilsonLargeStraightParallelSteelStrengthSteelLow327"8
Pattern 99 (Rev)John WilsonLargeStraightParallelSteelStrengthSteelLow327"8
Phoenix 99John WilsonLargeStraightParallelCarbide SteelStrengthCarbon FiberHigh327"8
Coronation AceJohn WilsonStandardCross CutParallelSteelStrengthSteelStandard327"7
Coronation Ace LiteJohn WilsonStandardCross CutParallelSteelStrengthSteelStandard327"7
Gold StarMKStandardCross CutParabolicSteelHollow-GroundSteelHigh2-7
Gold Star (Rev)MKStandardCross CutParabolicSteelHollow-GroundCarbon FiberHigh2-7
PhantomMKLargeCross CutParabolicSteelHollow-GroundSteelLow217"7
Phantom (Rev)MKLargeCross CutTaperSteelHollow-GroundCarbon FiberLow217"7
ProfessionalMKStandardCross CutParallelSteelStrengthSteelStandard212"7
Professional LiteMKStandardCross CutParallelSteelStrengthSteelStandard212"7
GalaxyMKLargeCross CutParallelSteelStrengthSteelStandard--8
440ss 12"ParamountStandardCross CutParallelStainless SteelStrengthAluminumHigh312"-
420SS 12"ParamountStandardCross CutParallelStainless SteelStrengthAluminumHigh212"-
440ss 27"ParamountLargeStraightParallelStainless SteelStrengthAluminumHigh327"-
420ss 27"ParamountStandardCross CutParallelStainless SteelStrengthAluminumHigh327"-
440ss 17"ParamountLargeStraightParallelStainless SteelStrengthAluminumHigh217"-
420ss 17"ParamountLargeStraightParallelStainless SteelStrengthAluminumHigh217"-
CA 1085-CSParamountStandardCross CutParallelCarbon SteelStrengthAluminumHigh327"-
CP 1085-CSParamountStandardCross CutParallelCarbon SteelStrengthAluminumHigh212"-
C9 1085-CSParamountLargeStraightParallelCarbon SteelStrengthAluminumHigh327"-
RXSJacksonStd/ LargeCross Cut / StraightParallelStainless SteelStrengthAluminumStandard--8
EliteJacksonLargeStraightParallelStainless SteelStrengthAluminumStandard--8
SupremeJacksonStandardCross CutParallelStainless SteelTaperedAluminumStandard--8
FreestyleJacksonStandardCross CutParallelStainless SteelStrengthAluminumStandard--8
LegacyJacksonStandardCross CutParallelCarbon SteelStrengthAluminumStandard--8