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Honing Guide

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  • Hone edge tools between grindings with this unique self-centering guide
  • Chisels and plane irons from 1/16" to 2-5/8" wide can be held securely
  • Two sets of stepped jaws
  • Hardened steel roller glides

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You can hone edge tools between grindings with this unique self-centering guide. Chisels and plane irons from 1/16" to 2-5/8" wide can be held securely in one of the two sets of stepped jaws. The accurately ground hardened steel roller glides across the surface of the stone to allow for a consistently fine edge. Complete instructions are included.

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Technical Details

Part Number 03A21
Item Weight 9.3 ounces
Product Dimensions 5.1 x 4.4 x 1.8 inches
Item Package Quantity 1

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ASIN B0035Y439C
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4.1 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #37,497 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#106 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools > Sharpening Stones
Shipping Weight 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available January 25, 2010

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By G. Conner TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 16, 2012
This is a copy of a venerable design has been around for at least as long as I have woodworking. It used to be "state-of-the-art." Then innovative companies and inventors rethought sharpening-jig designs, relegating this to the bargain bins of woodworking history.

Well, these still work great, but you must understand them. It is true (as another reviewer here says) that the roller-wheel is slender, and therefore slightly unstable. But that is NOT a problem. It CAN be an advantage!

The slender roller allows you to intentionally rock a plane-blade slightly which creates a very-slight curve on the edge. That is how some plane-experts achieve smoother cutting with no "plane-tracks." "Plane tracks" are those annoying ridges that sharp-cornered blades make on flat boards. A careful user actually WANTS the slender roller to rock in order to intentionally create the cambered-edge.

Other people think these are difficult to set-up. It's easy if you know how. You just make marks on a board (or on your sharpening bench as I do) to set the projection for each blade you sharpen. It is important to know that different thicknesses of blade affect the bevel-angle adjustment, so each blade must have its own mark. Once that mark is set-up, you can accurately & repeatably lock this in place in about five seconds.

Likewise, chisels are not the same as plane blades. Chisels have tapered blades, not flat blades like planes. That changes the projection setting slightly too.

So, the trick is first, understanding all that, then setting up your correct projection for each blade ONCE. After that, the jig mounts all normal plane-blades and chisels in seconds. It is superbly accurate and repeatable.
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I haven't used a chisel/plane sharpening guide before but really needed one. I looked at all the designs and selected this one because the design seemed tried and true. I really liked the ease of use, simple design and the fool proof operation. I started with a medium sized hand plane blade which because of the size I thought had the greatest chance of side slippage and difficulty to control. But as it turns out, it locked in easily and I never had to readjust it. The bevel turned out perfectly with no rounding which was a constant problem when I tried to sharpen it by hand.
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It isn't as simple to get your angles as a veritas, but for the money it does it's job fine. Pre-make yourself some
guides on how far out the blade should be for various angles and you will get the repeatable results you want.
The side clamp on this unit holds my sweetheart chisels better than the vertitas top down clamp.
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I am a sharpening nerd. I have DMT diamond plates, EZE-LAP diamond plates, Norton and Shapton waterstones, and I have used the scary sharp sandpaper method. No Arkansas stones, yet.

I also have a Bridge City Tool honing guide, a Keller honing guide, a Veritas Mark II honing guide.

I like this honing guide the best. The two top clamping guides (Bridge City and Veritas) can allow shifting of the chisel or plane iron. The Keller wheels are on the outside, which makes it difficult to use on narrow stones.

This cheap guide works great due to its side clamping action and small central wheel. Awesome value.
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Not all chisels will fit it. Wide flat wood chisels, say 1/2" and wider work fine. The forged narrow chisels do not have a flat edge for the guide to grasp. If a chisel fits, it will provide a constant angle of approach to the stone, though.
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The product is well made and has worked well for both my plane blades and chisels. It's a bit finicky to set the angle, which is determined by how far out of the device the blade projects. A guide is provided that suggests amounts (30mm = 30 degrees), but I found it to be different for each tool I was sharpening. Set up took a while, but once there sharpening went quickly.
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I've been trying to get my chisels and plane blades sharpened properly for a few years. So far I've been able to get them pretty sharp but not square. This does the job. I'll keep trying to improve my free hand sharpening but till I get it right this does the job for me.

So far, in my limited collection of blades and chisels, I haven't run into anything it can't grab and hold in the right position to get a nice squared off edge.
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Fairly well made, and a great design, but mine could have been better. The casting was not machined for flatness or squareness after it had its guide rails in and the paint was thick and thin. mine is/was off quite a bit. I have it flat now by working it flat myself on a good stone. The side guides are still skewed causing a 2 inch plane blade at the 50mm projection to be off by 1.5mm though and that will be tougher to get accurate, but doable. Thinking I will have to carefully file them? Probably use wet dry paper as the casting is aluminum and we all know how fun that is with fine files. I am using it for plane blades, I have not checked it for squareness with any of my chisels yet. That I suspect would be even tougher to correct. On a plus note however, when I do get it correctly adjusted, it is the best design from what i have seen, and will work exceedingly well and accurately once it is tuned, adjusted, and if it were a plane we could say in fine fettle. I have a feeling it is the luck of the draw as far as squareness and flatness. May you be lucky.
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