By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jan 10, 2024 at 8:01 AM

Ice skating is no fun with dull-bladed skates, so get them sharpened every year at one of these local places.

It’s quick, cheap and will greatly improve your speed and agility. Sharp blades also make the hot cocoa taste better after the rink time. Actually, that’s not true, but sharpen ‘em anyway.

Bliffert Hardware
1014 E. Chambers St., (414) 264-5700

Bliffert is one of the last – if not the last – hardware store in Milwaukee that sharpens skates. The cost is $12. Drop them off and pick up within a day or two.

Hours: Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hockey Locker 
2002 W. Howard Ave., (414) 800-7585

Hockey Locker sharpens hockey and figure skates while you wait. It’s $15 for new skates and $5-7 to resharpen skates.

Hours: Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hockey Haven Superstore
195 N. Janacek Rd., Brookfield (262) 784-7825

For new skates, never-sharpened or very rusty skates, the price is $15. Otherwise it's $7.

Hours: Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wilson Ice Arena 
4001 S. 20th St., (414) 281-6289

The cost to sharpen skates at Wilson Ice Arena is $6.

Hours: Monday-Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m.; Friday from noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.