US Patent No. 10,335,925

SKATE BLADE HOLDER TOOL


Patent No. 10,335,925
Issue Date July 02, 2019
Title Skate Blade Holder Tool
Inventorship Russell K. Layton, Jr., Acton, MA (US)
Daniel A. Beaudet, Lexington, MA (US)
Ivan D. Goryachev, Nashua, NH (US)
Assignee VELASA SPORTS, INC., Acton, MA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,335,925

1. A blade holder to hold single skate blades for sharpening, the blade holder comprising:a first sidewall and a second sidewall, the first sidewall positioned opposite the second sidewall, a blade engagement channel formed between the first sidewall and the second sidewall;
a first blade-engaging member and a second blade-engaging member coupled to the blade holder and positioned within the blade engagement channel, wherein bottom surfaces of the first sidewall and the second sidewall define a bottom of the channel, wherein at least the first blade engaging member is configured to move toward the opposite sidewall of the first sidewall or the second sidewall; and
a user-controlled component coupled to the blade holder, wherein manipulation of the user-controlled component between a first position and a second position is configured to control movement of at least the first blade-engaging member within the blade engagement channel;
wherein, in the first position, a gap between the first blade-engaging member and the second blade-engaging member allows the skate blade to be positioned between the first blade-engaging member and the second blade-engaging member; and
wherein manipulation of the user-controlled component from the first position to the second position moves at least the first blade-engaging member to reduce the gap and laterally engage a respective side of the skate blade such that the first blade-engaging member and the second blade-engaging member hold the skate blade at a bottom portion of the blade engagement channel and a skating edge of the skate blade extends beyond the bottom surfaces of the first sidewall and the second sidewall.