By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Dec 12, 2018 at 10:16 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 $10. 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 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.

Julie R Dance & Skate 
(Inside the Pettit National Ice Center)
500 S. 84th St., (414) 475-1112

Unless it’s extremely bust, you can have your skates sharpened here while you wait (but call ahead to make certain). The cost is $11 for entry level, recreational skates and $17.95 for higher-end and professional skates.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Friday.

Slice of Ice in Red Arrow Park
920 N. Water St., (414) 289-8791

Skate sharpening is available on site, but only for recreational skates – not hockey or professional skates. The cost is $6.

Hours: The rink is open every day at 11 a.m., weather pending. Check the website for certainty.

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

Call ahead to assure skate sharpening is available that day. If so, the cost is $6.

Hours: Monday-Thursday from noon to 3:30 p.m.; Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 2:30 to 4:30 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.