Veritas - Deluxe Honing Guide
One of the most popular honing guides around, the Veritas® Mk.II is now available in a Deluxe Set, which includes the Standard and Narrow-Blade Heads as well as the Angle Registration Jig, a...
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- Venerable Mk.II based design ensures precision
- Includes both Standard and Narrow-Blade Heads
- Accepts blades from 1/8" to 2-7/8" wide
A truly demented and insane person must have invented these, but they actually work! I even have the tool rest for grinders (2, actually). Just don't use the camber guide for straight work on diamond stone or you will get a flat spot. Don't ask me how I know.
Veritas quality through and through
I've owned this for several years and it's the quality and repeatability you've come to expect from Veritas. The registration jig is an especially nice touch, as is the single turn to move to a micro bevel. This does an excellent job time and time again and is the best system out there for the money. Highly recommend.
I didn't understand, now I do.
I thought I had sharp tools. I didn't. This takes all the guesswork, touch, feel, and magic out of sharpening chisels and plane blades and makes it what it should be; precise, accurate, repeatable, dependable. With this kit and a couple of DMT diamond stones, I have transformed my relationship with my handtools. I've dug my grandfathers planes out of the boxes I had them in and have tuned them up to work with predictable results I always expected from them. Well worth the money for both clamps (narrow and wide) and the angle setting jig. Haven't used the camber wheel yet, but will give that a try someday.
Great guide but room for improvements
I was tired of my old Veritas honing guide, the kind that clamps with a single screw from the top making it too easy for blades rotate unless you clamp the @#$#@ out of it. This one is a huge improvement as narrow blades (verified down to 1/8") clamp from the sides and wide blades clamp at the edges from the top. That said they could have made this better: 1. Japanese blades with beveled corners don't quite hit the angle stop (at least in my case). Making the stop even 1-2 mm wider would have helped a lot. 2. Unless perhaps you do some light touch-up you still have to clamp the @#$#@ out of it to prevent the blade from sliding around. The small knurled nuts are inadequate without help from pliers, but they look nice, at least until you grab them with pliers... There is inadequate friction from the side-clamping mechanisms, which could have been prevented with rougher surfaces. Maybe I'll scuff them up to improve. Also beware that thick chisels like Lie-Nielsen mortise chisels barely clear the roller. I ended up gouging the chisel top because the thing kept sliding once I put pressure on it. Cosmetic for sure but a bit annoying.