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Not what I expected
I bought this on sale. It has one 'square side' and one 'convex side' to hold the blade in. The square side is not square and thus the tool cuts the bevel that is not square. I took it back and they said it was a common problem. I worked it over with a file and got the difference to within a 64th of an inch, which my plane can correct, so I chalked it up to getting what I paid for....Buy the better quality one.....you won't regret it.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Chisels don't stay in guide
Chisels very easily pop out of the guide no matter how tight you make it. I'm regretting not spending the money for the Veritas. This guide is very frustrating to use.
cheap and it shows
outback all day
Use the product for small chesile and this a joke,even at the price.
Assis, SP - Brazil
very good guide.. but I think that a wider roller will be better for narrow chisels, like 1/4, 1/8...
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Not a well disigned honing guide.
Midwest City, OK
The guide wheel needs to be much wider. The narrow wheel makes it difficult to keep the chisel edge flat on the abrasive. It's very difficult to mount a chisel in the honing guide. This tool needs to be completly redesigned.
Great guide made better
Bought this guide on the recommendation of several pros. A little bit of filing helps improve the grip of this guide. There are several videos on the filing improvements...follow these steps and the guide really sings.
It's the right idea, but ...
Basic design is OK, but with a few simple modifications it works perfectly. The two problems it has is holding chisels firmly, and its tendency to rock side-to-side on narrow chisels. I've attached a PNG to show the mods I made to it to correct for these deficiencies.
Cheap honing guide
I bought this honing guide because the General Tools honing guide (#03E42)I have couldn't hold my butt chisels. This honing guide was very poorly milled so that it is impossible to hold chisels. It does work well for honing plane blades. I should have saved the money on both and sprung for the Veritas MK II (#833173)
Well built and heavy enough to withstand long use.
Okay but poor design implementation
Given the inexpensive price, I wasn't expecting much, but I was still disappointed that the guide wouldn't grip my chisels well (my Craftsman chisels were too thick). Since there is only one roller in the center, it is easy to rock side to side (a two roller system, while more expensive, would be much better). So, the guide is better than just guessing the angle (and so still worth a few dollars), but for just a little bit better design of the grip and the rollers it could be much more useful.
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