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General Tools & Instruments 809 Chisel/Plane Blade Sharpener

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  • Keeps chisel and plane blades razor sharp
  • Graduated settings maintain correct 30°cutting angle on chisel or plane blade
  • Spring clamp locks in blades up to 2-5/8"(67mm) wide
  • Made of high impact fiberglass reinforcedLexan
  • Folds for storage
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Product Description

The General Tools and Instruments 809 Chisel and Plane Blade Sharpener is intended for honing high-quality tools back to their factory tolerances. The guide features graduated settings, allowing you to achieve a proper 30 degree angle on a variety of blades types. The spring clamp will hold blades up to 2-5/8-Inch wide.

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Chisel/plane blade sharpener has spring clamp that locks in blades up to 2-5/8" wide. It is made of high impact fiberglass reinforced Lexan. Folds for storage. This tool allows you to use stones or emery paper and use for any bevel.

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Technical Details
Part Number 809
Item Weight7.2 ounces
Product Dimensions9 x 4.9 x 3.8 inches
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Item model number809G
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Included?No
Batteries Required?No
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #23,898 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableMay 15, 2000
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2002
I picked this unit up locally yesterday because the options were next to nothing. My immediate need was based on the fact that I had 2 locksets waiting to be installed an my old chisels were in bad shape. I compared this purchase to the cost of some new chisels and that selection was also nothing to speak of so I decided to try to rehab my current tools. Now, mind you, I can be quite fussy when need be. But, I had previously sharpened these chisels with my belt sander. Real precicion there. Let me say that within 30 min. I had the 2 worst chisels back straight, square and sharp to the point I didn't think they would get to ever again.I was very pleased. Easy to set up and very easy to use. But, here's the down side. It's not a precision tool. I will get you a very sharp straight edge with somewhere near a required 30* bevel but not necessarily 100% so tool to tool. Also, you'll be hard pressed to create that extra 1* micro-bevel I've read about elsewhere due to the macro-graduated guidelines. Also, my older chisels are a bit thicker through their shanks and the holder barely accomodated them. Another 1/16" thicker and I would not have been able to use it. Newer chisels are more consistent throughout their length so I would guess that would not be a real issue.It seems sturdy enough but I would not think it's great for heavy duty/very regular use. I guess that would sum it up. It's the perfect occasional jig for the not-so-fussy carpenter. It works, quite well, just with not so much precicion. I may very well return it and spend the $35.00 for the Veritas. That piece is probably the best value for it's excellent overall quality. You get what you pay for with this one.
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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Jon Spiesman on November 7, 2000
Bought this to help with sharpening and honing of chisels and plane irons. Big disappointment. Lack of a positive indexing system makes the duplication of angles very difficult. Each sharpening job includes lots of back and forth adjusting of angle, getting the light right, looking for light under bevel, etc until you think you have it right. Much to your dismay, when you begin sharpening in earnest, this eyeball method usually leaves you off enough to necessitate much more sharpening than you should have to do. This device has not saved me any time. I must admit, however, that any fixed angle results in a better cutting edge than what I can achieve by hand. I am not a gifted sharpener, so I have trouble with some 'rounding' or skewing when sharpening by hand. This jig has at least given me some very sharp tools, but 3 chisels and one plane iron took this perfectionist about 4 hrs to get sharp.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 27, 2012
Caveat, this is the only honing guide I've owned or needed but I had no difficulty figuring out how it works or obtaining better than razor sharp edges on my planes and chisels. My system is the popular "scary sharp" which is a series of glass plates with sandpaper attached ranging from 80 grit (for flattening soles) to 2000 grit (for final edge). I bought the General honing guide about 10 years ago because it was the only one I could find that would handle wide plane blades. This guide allows me to obtain an edge that shaves hair with no effort, easily sharper than any razor I purchased.

To address some concerns which I believe are primarily because people do not know how to sharpen.

1. It is not "cheap plastic" unless you consider all plastic cheap. According to the description it is fiberglass reinforced Lexan, I did not know that previously but I know mine is very sturdy. Bullet proof windows, airplane canopies, race car windshields, and headlight lenses are all made of Lexan. If you break this it is because you abused it or used it incorrectly.

2. It does not take hours to sharpen a chisel. The very first time will take longer since you need to flatten the back and establish an angle. The cheaper the chisel the more time you will spend on this critical first step. The finer the abrasive, the longer this step will take which is why I begin with a very coarse paper. The idea is you flatten or establish an angle with a coarse grit then spend a few seconds on each finer grit polishing out marks made by the previous paper. If you use stones for the flattening stage, yes, you will be at it for hours. If you are constantly changing the angle as some reviewers have stated, you are doing it wrong.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By G. Conner TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 9, 2012
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Yes, this works. Specifically it works best for long plane blades, particularly if you intend to camber the edge. That's because the wheels are easy to rock slightly back-and-forth, which puts a camber on the blade.

The clamp works well, (it's fast, easy & secure) but the angle adjustment leaves much to be desired. It is inaccurate and not very secure as is. That doesn't bother me much since I use homemade marking-rods to set angles fast and I put locking washers one the sides to prevent slippage. However, if you're going to the trouble to do that anyway, it only takes a few extra minutes (and practically no money) to make your own jigs.

The advantage to this type of jig over side-grip models is that it protrudes far over your abrasive, whether you use stones or sandpaper. That allows you to put a shim underneath the back of a few thousandths, and THAT in turn, puts a micro bevel on your blades.

I won't bother explaining micro-bevels or sharpening angles here. That is a deep subject. However, I can refer everyone to an excellent free website with no advertisements. If you want to know the facts about sharpening woodworking hand-tools, search for "Brent Beach Sharpening."

L-o-n-g before Ron Hock's excellent book came out, Brent Beach was explaining sharpening methods scientifically on his website. If you are a woodworking geek with "sharpening OCD," visit the site! You will see rare microscopic photos of cutting-edges you won't find elsewhere. Brent's engineering / scientific writing style is a little dry, but the facts are all there. The photos don't lie, and neither do the results!

The point is, THIS TYPE OF JIG works with his method. Although it is so easy to make your own jigs, this is not much of a bargain.
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