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Veritas 05M0901
Item 833173

MK II Honing Guide

$69.99

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The Veritas Mk. II will set bevel angles from 15° to 54° and back bevels from 10° to 20°, and it will accommodate blades from 1/4" to 2-7/8" in width. Included is a blade registration jig which...

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The Veritas Mk. II will set bevel angles from 15° to 54° and back bevels from 10° to 20°, and it will accommodate blades from 1/4" to 2-7/8" in width. Included is a blade registration jig which slides onto the guide body, centering and squaring the blade with the integral fence ensuring accuracy. Features include a blade stop that has discrete positions for preset bevels and a three-position eccentric roller that allows you to hone micro bevels quickly and accurately with a simple turn of a knob. Manufactured from die-cast zinc with precision machined brass and steel parts.



  • Accommodates blades from 1/4" to 2-7/8" in width


  • Reproduces bevels from 15° to 54°


  • Accurate and repeatable results




Reviews

4.71 out of 5 stars
52 Reviews
  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    A Jig that acutally works

    As soon as I got home with the MK II standard jig I went to work on a old Stanley No.7 and its Iron. The iron was absolutely dull chipped and in dire need of repair. I set up the Iron on the jig. The angle/alignment guide was simple to use and produced a square and correct angle with first time results. It took me about 20 minutes of honing starting at 220 grit to 2000. I could tell the edge was hollow ground most likely due to a grinding wheel because the iron was being sharpened on the edge and back of edge leaving the center untouched. Long story short, this jig straightened the blade and created a perfect 30 degree bevel and crazy sharp.

  2. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Fantastic customer service

    This is a follow up from my post two weeks ago. This guide is a solid, well made jig that does a exceptional job providing consistant and precise edges to your chisels and plane blades. My problem was the micro bevel feature resulted in skewed edges. I notified Veritas of my problem and they immediately sent out a new guide, first testing to insure accuracy. I got it in 3 days and it's dead on accurate. Further inspection of the two units shows the roller guide on the first very loose and sloppy. Bottom line, great company, great products, great customer service.

  3. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Be adviced about micro bevel adjustment

    Generally you can't go wrong buying a Veritas tool but that being said, sometimes they don't get everything right. the MK2 is a solid honing tool that is well made and simple and accurate to use. The problem with using cheap honing jigs is the setup to get consistant angles.You must attempt to set the cutting edge flat against a surface before securing the honing jig. Too many times I've ended up with another facet on the cutting edge because the setup was a fraction of a degree off. The MK2 eliminates this problem with their setup design. My complaint is in the micro bevel feature. While I love the simple turn of the knob feature, I'm disappointed in the results. I just sharpened a 1" chisel that has a micro bevel ranging from 1mm to 2mm width, edge to edge. While i don't expect machine edge results, I do expect more consistancy width from edge to edge. For the price I paid, I expect better results from Vetitas.

  4. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Worth the money

    This worked great. I finally broke loose and got some good chisels. I wanted to make sure I took the time to sharpen them. When you spend 200+ on a set of chisels you want them to be as sharp as you can get. This takes a little time to get it setup correctly. once you get that done its a breeze and is well engineered.

  5. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Well Worth The Money

    This is a well thought out/engineered tool. It is hefty, durable and easy to set up/use. The myriad of angles you can set with this guide is unbelievable. Its only con is a problem that is systemic to all honing guides that clamp from above and below: the ability to maintain the squareness of the tool in the guide. When using light pressure and easy strokes during honing and polishing this is not a problem. However, if you flat grind on coarse grit sand paper, like me, you have to check the squareness of the tool in the guide quite often - regardless of how tight you clamp the tool. This is because of the down pressure you must exert in order to get the coarse grit to grind efficiently. If you just go back and forth over the same path it might not be a problem. The skewing of the tool arises when you turn the assembly on the paper in order to use all of the available abrasive area. Otherwise it is a five star item!

  6. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Excellent device.

    Very good honing guide. It is a little bit expensive, but, as usual, you get what you pay for.

  7. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Absolute best

    This is the best honing guide out there. It is quite expensive, that is true. However, as usual, you get what you pay for. This thing has a large roller wheel which helps keep your edge square to the stone. The set up seems complicated, but is actually very easy to use. It is fast. The weight is a big plus as it keeps everything stable and the edge on the stone. All of those are great features, but what I like best is that I can use this for my spokeshave and shoulder plane blades. The cheap and poorly engineered side clamping guides don't allow this. This accommodates 1/4" to 2-7/8" and nearly 1/2" thick blades. Made in Canada. Buy it, you won't regret it!

  8. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    A requirement.

    Easy to use. Great design.

  9. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Excellent tool.

    The best sharpener tool I have used until now.

  10. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great Product for Sharpening

    It is a great product overall.

  11. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Not sure how I lived without it-Love it!

    Not sure how I lived without it-Love it!

  12. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    A must have!

    I've never been good at using chisels or planes. I finally figured out that these tools are not "sharp" out of the package and need honing. I invested in good Norton waterstones and learned the art of hand sharpening and honing. Effective but tedious and tiresome. I ran into a fellow in HD that recommended the Mark II. I took his advice and am absolutely sold! This jig is accurate and easy to use. The results are amazing and repeatable. The weight is a plus in my book. It is hefty and solidly built. Once you figure out the best way to hold it it is comfortable to use. I spent six hours sharpening all my chisels and plane blades and the results are amazing. Redressing a blade takes only a few minutes because the jig is dead on accurate. This is a must have. It is well worth the price.

  13. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Love it!

    Bought this after reading reviews and hearing from others. Works fantastic! After reading about honing edges on sandpaper instead of stones, I gave it a try with the honing guide. I was able to get a mirror polish without once ripping the paper. Try it!

  14. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    A must have

    Every woodworker should have one of these. I got razor sharp tools with no experience sharpening.

  15. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    would buy it again

    finally can acquire the correct angle each time

  16. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    It works great but...

    If you have several chisels to sharpen, I would suggest wearing gloves to protect your hands. The numerous tightening and loosening of the knurl knobs can really chew into your thumb. But that aside, I would have given this tool 5 stars. I holds the angle perfectly, very easy to setup, and the micro-bevel feature is very nice.

  17. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Veritas MK II

    I use this product in my stringed instrument business. There is nothing more frustrating when you're try to use a dull chisel, It does the job.

  18. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    I would buy this again

    Sharpening chisels and plane blades

  19. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great for western tools

    I own a lot of sharpening equipment - stones, machines, etc. I use this guide and the skew jig for all my western chisels and plane blades - anything where the sides and faces are all parallel. If the sides aren't parallel, the registration guide doesn't work. If the front and back faces aren't parallel, as in a Japanese plane blade, the clamp bar doesn't hold that well. That said, this is my go-to guide for any plane or chisel wider than 1/8". The roller bearings do tend to get dirtied up with slurry grit if you use it on water stones. Oil and clean them often.

  20. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    High Quality Precision Tool

    This is a high quality precision tool hands down. There's no guess work. Check the angle of the blade to be sharpened, set the registration jig, insert blade to the stop, sharpen/hone to your liking and... perfect results everytime. I would recommend this guide over any other that I've seen. It may cost a little more than other guides, but well worth the "VERITAS" quality. Made to last a long, long time.

  21. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    You want sharp tools? Get this thing!

    I doubt there's much I can say that has not already been said in other reviews, so I won't try. I'll just give you the boots on the ground experience I had. I practice the "Scary Sharp" method of sharpening plane irons and chisels with progressively finer grits of sandpaper. I have a no name honing jig that seemed to work OK, but I have been less than thrilled with the ability to create repeatable results. I don't want to end up reworking a tool when I really just need a quick touch up. After reading reviews for a power sharpening system I decided to give it a try. What a waste of time and money! I'm not writing this review to slam a competing product, just know that you owe it to yourself and your wallet to try the Mk II first. After messing up a few chisels and plane blades I put the other previously mentioned product back in the box and decided to try the Mk II after watching some video reviews on youtube. What a difference! This is one well thought out tool; The ergonomics are good, the fit and finish are great and once you spend two minutes learning how to use it you will kick yourself for not getting it sooner. And did I mention sharp? I started with the worst of the chisels I had previously attempted to sharpen. After about 30 minutes I had one wickedly sharp chisel! Thank you Veritas for making a great product. This is my first Veritas tool, but you can bet it won't be my last.

  22. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    great product

    If you have planes and do not use them cause you can never sharpen them good enough then buy this tool.I was afraid to try to freehand sharpen mainly because I never did it before and did not want to screw up the blades.With this honing jig and some wet/ dry sand paper I was putting a perfect edge on my blades in no time.Do not let the price scare you it is worth every penny.

  23. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Best so far....

    Much easier to set the angle with this setup and holds blades more securely compared to others I have used.

  24. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Wonderful guide

    Guide is very easy to use,and sets up precisely square.Easy to produce micro bevel.

  25. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great way to learn how to sharpen.

    Great product to get accurate & sharp tools.

  26. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Effective

    Gives a good repeatable result every time

  27. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Best Honing Guide I've Used.

    This is a very good honing guide, the best that I've used. However, I'm not sure the price differential is completely worth it.

  28. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Works Good

    For the first time I have some sharp chisels. Mine needed lots of work to get them to useable condition. Next time should more of a tune up.

  29. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great quality

    A good example of a tool that has been evolved and developed to perfection

  30. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Easy to Use

    Sharpened set of Craftsman butt chisels and a new set of Narex bench chisels. I easily achieved a razor sharp polished edge with my DMT stones and Norton 4000/8000 water stone. This a great product for the weekend woodworker.

  31. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    quality and it shows

    Never had a tool from this company before. When I opened the box I knew from the start I made a good choice. This is how tools are suppose to be made.

  32. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great honing guide

    Easy to set for accurate sharpening. Brass roller wears when used directly on coarse stones.

  33. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great Tool Sharpener

    Great tool sharpener, I sharpened every thing I could fit on it in a weekend. Sandpaper, Granite block, 1500, 2000 grit honing

  34. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Worth ever penny

    I want a simple device that I can use with sandpaper, stone or whatever I have. I don't want to have to do a set up. This works perfectly. Take it out of the tool box, grab an abrasive and in a minute the chisel or plane iron is ready to use.

  35. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Well worth it

    This thing is amazing. Solid, heavy-duty construction that feels good in your hand. The registration jig looks complicated at first, but use it once and you never have to refer to the instructions again. Comfortable to use. Makes a tedious chore easier, especially for a beginner!

  36. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Works well for chisel and plane

    easy repeatable set up. A little pricey but, stable to use

  37. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great product. Easy to use

    Simple to use, and lets you hone accurately. 1/4 inch chisel is difficult to register. The clamping bar doesn't hold it down tight enough.

  38. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Good Value

    This thing works great. You have to be careful not to reach the index stop with the blade as it will nick your blade and cause you to have to do some extra honing.

  39. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Must have tool for the workshop

    This guide maintains the angle needed to sharpen plane blades and chisels. It is easy to set up and use. Sharp tools make wood working with hand tools fun.

  40. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Works better than expected

    First I sharpened an older chisel and it straightened the cutting end and gave it an excellant edge. Next I got a rather expensive block plane new and it came sharpened!! Well I put it on the sharpener and then found it was not sharpened nearly like it was when I was done. Also have done one plane blades and it works as advertised. Good investment.

  41. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    "WOW" pretty well sums it up!

    [...] I'm a jeweler by trade so I know precision tools when I see them.The Guide did a fantastic job on my chisels and plane irons. I finally have shavings not dust and less effort because they Super Sharp! This is a Quality Tool !!Thank you Veritas for a Great tool [...]

  42. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Gives consistant results.

    Holds plane irons and chisels solidly. The wide wheel does not allow you to follow the radius of scrub-plane irons. The bulk of the jig makes it difficult (not impossible) to hone the back of the chisel/iron on the last lap to remove burr while still in the jig.

  43. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    does every thing you said it would do

    does great job

  44. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Masterfully Designed - Usual for Veritas

    This tool is a honing guide to sharpen chisels and plane blades for woodworking. It seems to be a very good design, allowing one to hone a micro-bevel with just a turn of a know without changing the set up.

  45. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    A quality product that really works!

    A tool that helps sharpen with consistant results every time. Very high quality tool

  46. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Excellent tool. Easy to use.

    This is such an improvement over the Veritas I jig and guide

  47. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Works well

    Sets the desired angle but can work no better than the stones you use to grind on.

  48. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    A Must Have!!!

    After years of "coming close" to the correct chisel angle and ensuring the blade is at a true 90 degrees when sharpening, finally, all the guess work is taken out. The alignment system is foolproof. As I resharpen my tools correctly, for the first time in years, the wonder and ease of working with hand tools has returned. A short, but very comprehensive tool guide gives all the information and help you would ever need.

  49. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    All it's cracked up to be.

    Excellent for plane irons and large chisels, not appropriate for very narrow chisels.

  50. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    great guide

    easy to use guide for plane blades and chisels.

  51. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    So easy and so accurate.

    With this honing guide in my shop, dull chisels or plane blades are a thing of the past. This guide is so easy to use and very accurate. A good investment.

  52. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Well built professional tool

    I feel like I can accomplish a consistant fine edge with the tool

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