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Robert Larson 800-1800 Honing Guide

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  • Simple to use
  • Use with chisels
  • Works with oil and waterstones
  • Use with plane blades
  • Ensures a true square edge
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Robert Larson 800-1800 Honing Guide + Crown 106 20-Oz Beechwood Mallet, 4-1/2-Inch + Stanley 16-401 Bailey Chisel Set, 5-Piece
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Technical Details
Part Number 800-1800
Item Weight8 ounces
Product Dimensions1.7 x 1 x 5.2 inches
OriginTaiwan
Item model number800-1800
Item Package Quantity1
  
Additional Information
ASINB000CFNCKS
Best Sellers Rank #3,624 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableNovember 15, 2005
  
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

This simple to use tool will securely hold wood chisels and plane irons at the correct angle to the stone, and ensures a true square edge.

Product Description

This simple to use tool will securely hold wood chisels and plane irons at the correct angle to the oil stone, and ensures a true square edge. Easy to use works on both oil stones and waterstones.

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Customer Reviews

Very durable, easy to use, and gives excellent results.
mike
It is because they are using too much pressure, let the stone do the work and it will work the way it is suppose to.
Maximillian Arango
The slots in the guide do not hold these smaller blades squarely and honing becomes difficult or impossible.
Stephen J. Quinlan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

98 of 102 people found the following review helpful By John Snell on May 27, 2008
I bought one of these jigs years ago and have used it hundreds of hours to create and maintain perfect single facet cutting edges on chisels and plane irons using waterstones. In order to be successful you need to control downward pressure on the portion of the tool being ground and use all of the available surface of the stone. Switch ends on the stone frequently, and periodically flatten the stone using a very flat surface (you can determine a flat surface by a perfect reflection) and waterproof sandpaper. The wheel of the jig can break down waterstone surface so don't let it run in the same place over and over, and don't put pressure on the wheel. I recently purchased several more of these jigs so I can sharpen more tools at one sitting. Use a good straight edge (steel rule), strong back light (white wall) and care to set the tool in the jig. With practice you can re-set the tool very accurately. The great advantage of this jig is that the wheel to bevel line is exactly the same as the surface of the stone. No guessing, just results. Be sure to use a screw driver to firmly tighten the jig before starting and check, double check, setup before comitting work. Use a magnifying glass or loupe to observe the cutting edge as sharpening progresses. Using this jig I was able to obtain a single facet edge on a 1 inch mortise chisle that has lasted over 20 years of moderate use, and still is razor sharp. Got it's first touchup sharpening just last week - good for another decade or two.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Craig C on November 18, 2010
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My husband has "Scary Sharp"ened at least a dozen blades with this Larson Guide and has had great results. He provided a couple of tips that might help others.

1. Be sure to use a screwdriver to firmly screw the sides TIGHT to lock your blade in place. "Finger tight" is not enough.

2. Using your three middle fingers, keep all downward pressure evenly across the blade's beveled edge to keep it firmly against your stone/abrasive. Use your thumb and little finger BEHIND the threaded rod to push the jig forward horizontally. Pull the jig back using a small portion of the downward force of the three fingers pressed across the blade's edge. The key to preventing any chance of wobbling, rocking or skewing is applying all downward force only to the blade's beveled edge.

3. To sharpen short blades, rest the blade on top of the jig's two polished alignment rods (Just below the chisel mounting point). Works fine.

HTH
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. Quinlan on July 27, 2008
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The Robert Larson Honing Guide is a simply designed device that works reasonably well for honing chisels and plane irons. The guide holds most blades securely and moves easily over the sharpening stone. The guide works well for chisels with 3-4 inch long blades and widths from 2 inches down to 1/4 inch. Its shortcoming is with blades shorter than 3 inches or narrower than 1/4 inch. The slots in the guide do not hold these smaller blades squarely and honing becomes difficult or impossible. Beefier tools (like mortising chisels) also do not fit well. For the money, a semi-useful tool to have on hand, but for a little more money, better honing guides are available.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By slikshooter on February 22, 2011
I don't know what type of chisel that this particular tool( guide )was designed to fit, but it surely wasn't for any of the 17 chisels in my shop. Let me state that all of my wood chisels (regardless of brand or type) have been precision ground for flatness of back, sides for squareness and parallelism with a 25 degree angle on the cutting edge by using a precision grinding vise on a surface grinder. I have 48 years experience in the tool and die trade, and before retirement, I re-ground all my chisels to the aforementioned specs. This guide will not locate or hold any of my chisels to perform any type of touch up of the cutting edges. I have no idea why the chisel guide portion of this tool was designed as such. I might say that it could be used to sharpen plane blades or irons. I have not tried that operation as of yet. Basically, a really great disappointment. If anyone has a solution as to how to hold any size
chisel in this guide to get satisfactory results, I would surely like to hear from them.

P.S. Finally got to try sharpening plane irons. I have 2 old ( 50 yrs.+) Stanley Bailey planes. This guide worked just fine for
this application. As for holding any square sided chisels and getting good results; forget it.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Retired Coastie on June 4, 2008
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When my father died, I inherited his chisles and planes. He had not been able to take care of them for years.

This tool when used with a good set of sharpening stones or mounted, quality sandpaper allowed me to bring my father's tools back to the razor sharpness he was famous for.

I am not the sharpest tool in the box, but this "Honing Guide" has allowed me to now have the sharpest tools!

LOL
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By imtylerb on November 8, 2010
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I recently started sharpening my chisels and planes by hand. I use the scary sharp method which basically involves a flat surface with wet sand paper in various grits (I use 220 - 1500).

Until now, I had been trying to maintain the bevel angle by hand. This can really wear out your fingers and can take a long time to get that chisel near perfect. Using this jig makes maintaining that angle a breeze. This is especially important when you are honing your tools for the first time.

I'm sure there are jigs out there that can accommodate more tools. I'm sure there are also jigs out there that are easier to setup and use. However, this one is the best for a beginner like me who just wants to repeat my bevel angle without a lot of fuss.
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