The Blades That Set Our Hearts On Fire: The Different Figure Skating Blade Models in Yuri!!! on ICE

We all know that the creators and MAPPA did their research for Yuri!!! on ICE, but wow, this entry by skate ota Judith R. really makes us appreciate just how thorough they were. Did you know that Yuri!!! on ICE actually features a good variety of figure skating blades? Now you do.

The Blades That Set Our Hearts On Fire:
The Different Figure Skating Blade Models in Yuri!!! on ICE
by Judith R.

It’s a well-known fact that the creators and MAPPA didn’t half-ass their research when it came to the figure skating aspect of the show. Accurate figure skating season timeline? Check. Varied figure skating programs with correct elements? Check. Showcase different figure skating blade models? Check.

Wait, what?

Figure skating blades, the little killing machines that are used to cut through the ice instead of someone’s throat. (Unless of course you plan on performing the Iron Lotus, in which case feel free to “accidentally” slice your partner’s throat with the blade.)

No skaters were harmed in the making of this probably fake scene.

But I digress. Much like ballet dancers who darn and lace their own pointe shoes, each figure skater has a boot and blade that is unique to them. Majority of elite skaters use either MK Blades or John Wilson Blades, though those aren’t the only brands available on the market. Let’s explore the characters’ blades, shall we?

Yuri Katsuki: John Wilson Gold Seal



This is a common choice for top skaters, including Russian Overlord the reigning World Figure Skating Champion Evgenia Medvedeva.

Victor Nikiforov: John Wilson Pattern 99


Victor’s blade is unfortunately hard to identify due to the lack of clear toe picks or brand etchings on the blade itself. Thankfully, Denis Vasilijevs shed light on this by tweeting that Stephane Lambiel uses John Wilson Pattern 99 blades  – customized to be gold, of course. What’s interesting to note is that Victor competes with gold blades whereas other skaters use it for exhibitions and ice shows, usually after retiring from competitive skating, such as Stephane Lambiel, whose blades they’re modeled after.

(An earlier version of this section noted that the blades were MK Gold Star. Cheers to Mina and Katie for pointing it out!)

Phichit Chulanont: Jackson Ultima Matrix 2



Jackson makes excellent skates and blades but it’s not a common choice for elite skaters. Interestingly enough, this is also Michael Christian Martinez’s blade. We see what you did there, MAPPA.

And then we have the new generation of blades, the Revs.

Revolution blades were introduced less than a decade ago but has become an increasingly common choice for skaters, especially the men, due to its lighter material and great flexibility. Better blades mean more quads and (hopefully) not as many skaters leaving the rink in a wheelchair.

Yuri Plisetsky: John Wilson Gold Seal Rev



Yuri had his customized to be black to match what he thinks is the color of his soul. This is an upgraded version of the traditional Gold Seal blades, the one where Yuri Katsuki’s is patterned from. Maybe the creators wanted them to share something other than their first name.

Jean-Jacques Leroy: John Wilson Pattern 99 Rev



This isn’t a surprising choice for JJ considering his numerous quads. This is also Yuzuru Hanyu’s blade of choice. No wonder they were featured on the same magazine in Episode 12!

Sara Crispino: MK Phantom Rev



Majority of the ladies tend to stick to traditional blades, though Revs are on the rise as well. Considering her signature jump is a triple lutz-triple loop, she needs all the elevation she can get.

And that’s it! Did I miss out on any other blades featured on the show? Let me know in the comment section down below!

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5 thoughts on “The Blades That Set Our Hearts On Fire: The Different Figure Skating Blade Models in Yuri!!! on ICE

  1. Mina says:

    Viktor’s blades are modeled after Stephané Lambiels. On the making of episode 12, sensei and some of the staf tweeted about their thanks to Stephané for being able to guest and telling him that Vitya’s blades were modeled after his. (There are some parallel’s about Vitya and Stephané ‘s coaching too. Metas floating all over Tumblr).



  2. Mina says:

    Here’s the link to the tweet regarding Lambiel’s skates. https ://twitter. com/nrkito/status/811445420446494720

    I can’t upload a photo comment the actual skates used to model for Yuuri’s. It’s featured along his FS costume at the Chacott collab cafe (last December). It isn’t that clear what the brand of the boots were but the blades are an Ultima Mirage based on the brand seen on the close up image. I’ll try to look for who tweeted the skates.



    • Judith R. (@judiyudidoodit) says:

      Hi Mina, much thanks for the information regarding Lambiel’s skates! Upon closer inspection they’re MK Phantom, not Gold Star.

      As for Yuri’s blades, Ultima Mirage looks quite different from what’s mounted on his boot. Aside from the different anatomy (Mirage’s mount has a hollow space in the middle and only has 12 screws while Yuri’s has 14 screws with no hollow space), Ultima Mirage is an intermediate-level blade and is far from ideal for his level. They are, however, a good match for the Kosugi boots. Kosugi’s strongest boots are only for intermediate level (stiffness rating 70), but Kubo-sensei et al wanted to feature the sole Japanese manufacturer of figure skate boots so they modeled the boots after Kosugi, then chose an elite-level blade to mount on it.

      I hope that explanation wasn’t too long-winded. Feel free to correct me if I have the wrong information or if I left anything out. Cheers!


  3. KATIE★ (@imkatiecat) says:

    Hi, since Victor’s skates are modeled after Stephane Lambiel’s, here’s a link to the tweet that says the model of his skates: twitter. com/DenissVasiljevs/status/844102832060059648

    It’s not an MK Phantom but rather a John Wilson Pattern 99 : johnwilsonskates. com/products/pattern-99


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