Runner Polishing Secrets
There are endless theories and discussions about runners- How long, what kind of steel, how much flat, 90 or 100 bevel, what should lead in and exhaust look like, how thick, and on and on….
There are still more endless discussions on how to get the perfect shape on them. I start by sending them to Duhamel and letting him work his magic…. He once wrote an essay about a bumper-mounted sharpening jig that would tune your runners up on the drive to the ice. You’d drive on different surfaces to shine it up to perfection- It was a source of great amusement to all! Happy to say he has an even better method in place at the shop.
Then there is the question of how to get the perfect surface- and what IS the perfect surface? Sharp edge or dull? Shiny and smooth as you can get them or leave a satin finish? What to use? Diamond stones? Blue or brown? Is sandpaper better? Which grits? What kind? And what kind of fluid? I’ve used everything from the proper Boride stuff to blue windshield wiper fluid (I’m convinced it’s the same stuff, just re-labled) to soapy water to Windex, WD-40 and even coffee.
Everyone has their own secret sauce as it were, and here we see world-class Polish sailor Robert Graczyk revealing his special formula…. I reckon if you speak Polish you’ll get a lot out of this but even if you don’t you’ll learn something!
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