The Ultimative Honing Guide

My Ultimate Honing Guide
For Plane Blades and Chisels
complete in stainless steel

Now with extra wheel for small chisels and widened for Stanley No.7 and 8 blades

I bought seven different honing guides and all of them didn’t satisfy my expectations.
Some times they are too small to handle, sometimes they aren’t solidly built and a lot of them rust by using them on water stones with water.
So I started my own design and :

>>>>>>Here it is<<<<<<

     To assemble it, the single wheel is to be mounted with the star knob to the body. As anoption there is a rubber strip with an added adhesive which can be fixed on the rest.

 

The blade or the chisel has to be fixed with the both star knobs to the base. The honing angle can now be adjusted with a protractor by lowering or increasing the wheel.

The watered honing stone has to be fixed or wedged on a waterproof base. In front of the honing stone there must be a 30 – 40 cm plain surface where the wheel is running.The blade or the chisel has to be fixed with the both star knobs to the base. The honing angle can be adjusted with a protractor by lowering or increasing the wheel.The honing stone should be frequently trued for example with a diamante plate. My best reference is to use a diamante plate with a 120 grit to prehone the blade and also for dressing the stones.

The adjusting range for a bevel is between 0 and 35°. Very helpful is a digital protractor as shown. With this protractor you can zeroize the surface of the honing stone and adjust the blade easily to the requested angle.

Now you can start honing at the complete length of the honing stone.

To start honing, grab the both star knobs tight and move the blade under maximum pressure over the length of the stone. To get a crowned blade, add the pressure frequently changing from one star knob to the other.

When the blade is honed to the requested angle and there is a burr all over the mirror side you should change from the diamante plate to a 1000 grit water stone.

To get the blade to an optimal sharpness, use a 6000 or 8000 grit stone and increase the honing angle at app. 1°. With this procedure you will get a circa 1 mm micro bevel. Finally the mirror side and the bevel are honed on a leather strap several times changing against the cutting direction until the burr has gone completely.

If you have stones with different high as usually, and you have the magnetic „mini digital protractor“ you can very easy adjust the honing guide from one stone to the other. There is a knob where you can zeroise the angle when you have presharpened the blade with a coarse stone. Now you can change to the finer  stone and level the honing guide with the wheel to the same angle.The honing guide can also be used for skewed blades, for very slim chisels and to create a minor back bevel on the plane blades.To sharpen skewed blades, clamp the blade as a straight blade and with the single wheel, the honing guide adjust alone to the angle the blade is pre sharpened. 

To sharpen very slim chisels use an extra wheel and mount it beside the wheel holder with the adapter.

So you have again a three point rest and with this optional equipment also slim chisels don’t wobble anymore.You can prepare a blade with a small back bevel when you stack planed stones with water together. Affected by the adhesion the stones will stick together and you can hone a back bevel near 0° on this package of stones.

You can also use this guide for sharpening of the short Japanese chisels, but the length of the blade is too short to put the magnetic protractor direct on the blade. The sharpening angle, I choosed, for these two chisels is 25°

I think the shortest blades to sharpen have to be in the minimum 28 mm long. These blades can be sharpened to a cutting angle of 30° as you can see on the picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another helpful practice is to plan the back iron. I had troubles to hone or file a flat surface on the bottom of the back iron which prevents clamping shaving between the iron and the back iron. So I stack water stones together till I reached the level to hone a slight angle on the tip of the back iron the adhesion keeps the stones together, it works perfect.

I am very satisfied with this honing guide and the results. It shortens the honing time and fulfills all my requirements.

Gerd Fritsche.

 

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