Archive for Toe Curve

Easton Mako 2 and the E28

Posted in Equipment Company News with tags , , , , , on January 2, 2013 by prostocknation

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With the Easton Mako 2 hockey stick being released tomorrow, it will also be the debut of the E28/Bjudstad pattern; better known by it’s more common name, “Kreps”.

It is a toe curve with a dual lie designed to receive passes on the heel and shoot pucks off of the toe.

It will be interesting to see how this new pattern fairs at the retail level as toe curves cater to a very niche market.  In the past, the scarcity of finding one made it a very hot commodity.  Stores often did not sell them and the only chance of getting your hands on one was to go Pro Stock.

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Rival company Warrior Hockey recently scrapped their toe curve, the Gionta W10 pattern, for 2013 (except for the DT2 Grip) due to poor sales in just two short years.

More after the launch.

– M

*Photos and Video from Easton Hockey

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Big Toe Hooks

Posted in Pro Returns, Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2010 by prostocknation

Toe curves aren’t made widely available to the general public because they’re such a special request product. If you wanted a big toe curve you had two options; go custom or buy pro stock. Most manufacturers won’t even consider making a custom stick for you unless you order 6+ sticks at a time.

Other then BASE Hockey (www.MyBaseHockey.com), there’s no companies we know of that offer a custom stick with a toe curve for such a small minimum order (please leave a comment if you do know of another manufacturer who does.)

So let’s just take custom orders out of the equation for the sake of this post and focus on pro stocks (we are Pro Stock Nation after all.)

Hossa, Spezza, Rafalski, and Samsonov are a few of the typical players when it comes to buying a toe curve and since they are so popular, their sticks are becoming harder and harder to come by.

One player who’s really fallen under the radar in recent years is Vancouver Canuck, Peter Schaefer.  He was bought out by the Boston Bruins in 2008/09 and didn’t play hockey for a year but he kept training full time and was invited to the Canucks Training Camp this season.  He ended up making the big club and what’s even better news is that his pro stocks will become easier to get a hold of.

So here’s the Warrior Kronik we got a hold of.  In typical Peter Schaefer fashion the bottom portion of the stick is spray painted black to hide the puck better.

Here’s the curve, it’s flat throughout the heel and mid-blade then it suddenly warps at the toe.  This pattern is terrific for snapshots.

Now we look at the profile of the blade.  It’s pretty pointy at the toe end, not to the same extent as Spezza’s but it doesn’t even look legal to begin with.

We hope that we’ve made you aware of another toe curve to look for the next time you’re searching for a pro stock and the usual suspect’s aren’t available.

 

– M

 

Jason Spezza’s Toe Curve

Posted in Pro Returns with tags , , , , on August 10, 2010 by prostocknation

I went to my LHS (Local Hockey Shop) over the weekend to get my skates sharpened and looked at some pro return Sherwood S.O.P.’s as I waited.

A big toe curve like this isn’t offered on retail sticks by any manufacturer so to get one you either have to curve it yourself, custom order or buy pro stock.


A burn mark from Spezza tweaking his blade.  The toe of the stick is shaved down and looks much pointier in real life; More like the one he got called on for having an illegal stick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd_sVCqkmS4

Spezza likes his wood sticks really stiff and this felt like it was at least 115-120 flex.  If you’re looking to try a toe curve and you can flex this monster, it might just be the best $20 you ever spent.

– M