Although this tool is extremely affective, it does not guarantee a sharp edge everytime. The "Sweet Stick" can provide a sharper edge in most cases; however, it cannot replace or eliminate the effectiveness of skate sharpening. Remember, the "Sweet Stick" is best used to quickly repair an edge in the middle of a game or when you don't have enough time get your skates sharpened.
- Swipe the "Sweet Stick" toe-to-heel on a 30-degree angle down the skate blade.
- Then, draw your hand gently across the blade. If the skate edges are catching your hand, the "Sweet Stick" worked successfully.
- However, if the edges are not providing resistance when you draw your hand across the blade, repeat step one a second time. No results? It's definitely time for a skate sharpening as your edges were damanged beyond (temporary) repair!
- Let the tool do the work: putting too much downward pressure on the "Sweet Stick" or swiping too many times can permanently damage the "prongs" and severely bevel the edges inward. If this beveling occurs, the blades will have to be cross cut to remove the bevel. Used properly the slight bevel that would normally occur will be eliminated by a regular sharpening.
- Two swipe limit: if the edge isn't sharp enough for you after two swipes, it's time to bring them in for a sharpening.