Dutch speed skates (1)
Fig.1: Dutch speed skates, around 1950

Very low metal ice skates of the Norwegian model with riveted straps. These skates represent more or less a transition from 'wooden' Norwegian type Friesland speed skates to 'metal' ones with platforms welded directly to the tubes  (see detail 1a) . They had the disadvantage of slipping sideways when the platforms touches the ice surface when pushing off.
 
Manufacturer: L. Planting & Zonen, IJlst; mark: De Valk, IJlst (see detail 1b)
Technical details: total length 44 cm; height over ice 3.5 cm; platforms:  29 cm long, 7.5  cm wide; runner blades: 12 mm tall, 1.5 mm thick; weight 370 g


Fig.2: Dutch speed skates, around 1950

Low metal ice skates of the Norwegian model with riveted boots. Here no tubes that hold the blades but runner blades from T-profiled aluminium (see detail 2a).
 
Manufacturer: L. Planting & Zonen, IJlst; mark: NSA, Akkrum; model Meteor Junior (see details 2b, 2c and 2d)
Technical data: total length: 35 cm; height over ice: 5.5 cm; platforms: 25 long, 6 cm wide; runner blades: 22 mm tall, 1 mm thick; weight: 590 g including boot


Fig.3: Dutch speed skates,  around 2000

These skates represent the use of modern materials and production methods. The blades are fixed in plastic platforms on which modern plastic boots are mounted. Skates with plastic platforms and riveted boots.

Supplier: Zandstra, Joure; mark: see photo above
Technical details: total length: 46 cm; height over ice: 5.5 cm; platforms: 29 cm long, 8 cm wide; runner blades: 17 mm tall, 1.5 mm thick; weight: 800 g including boot

 


detail 1a


detail 1b
 


detail 2a


detail 2b


detail 2c


detail 2d

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