So I skated on 15/32 for a while. I didn't really like it. It was actually LESS grippy than 1/2. I mean, it should have had more grip than 1/2, but nooo. Somehow it didn't.
So last week I asked my sharpener to take me down to 7/16.
He ran his thumb over my edges. "They still have plenty of wear left," he warned me.
This reminds me of the time I called the roofing company when I needed to replace my roof on my fixer upper house. My roof with FOUR layers of shingles (two layers over code). Let's just say, there was a period during a blizzard I trembled in fear that the roof would collapse.
"I need to replace my roof," I said to the salesman.
"Is it leaking?" he asked.
"No," I said. "Who waits til it does that?"
So apparently, people with a bad roof, in order to get the last penny of wear out of their roof--so they can go to their grave having not expended a nickel more than necessary in their lifetime--run the risk of major water damage to their trusses and ceilings.
These are the like the people that are miserable on their blades but refuse to get a new ROH or new boots because "they still have wear in them."
"Fuck it," I said to my sharpener, "I want a new ROH and I want it now. It's worth the $10."
My sharpener and I have a little ritual. When he does a change to my blades, he drops my boots off at the rink. I pick them up and text him a report. On the 3rd or 4th text I wrote:
"Ran into Jim and Jane and they both have 7/16.My sharpener replied: 7/16 is a popular cut. Maybe the most common.
I feel so ordinary now. No more kinky cut, just one that works for me.