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Mk. II Power Sharpening System

Veritas - Mk. II Power Sharpening System

The Mk.II from Veritas is a well-performing slow-speed sharpening system that uses 8-in.-dia., grit-covered disk.

$320 (As of 2/1/2006)

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Editor's Review: Sharpening Machines

by Tim Albers

review date: February 1, 2006

The Veritas spins an 8-in.-dia., grit-covered disk at 650 rpm. The standard machine comes equipped with two dead-flat, stable aluminum platters, each with a different grit of sandpaper on both sides, with 9-micron (1,200-grit) paper the finest grit. As with the Lap-Sharp, a thumbscrew allows the platters to be changed out quickly. A great touch on the Veritas is that the two aluminum disks are of different thicknesses--4 mm for the coarse abrasives and 3 mm for the fine abrasives--creating an automatic 1° microbevel when you are using the tool holder and switch disks. The tool holder works for both straight-edged tools and skew chisels, both short and long blades.

I opted for the accessory felt wheel ($25), which is charged with honing compound ($7) and used freehand to deliver an edge equal to one honed on an 8,000-grit waterstone.

The Mk.II is a solid machine. Under heavy pressure, the disk spins smoothly and quietly at full speed. The cutting action is fast and aggressive, so it requires careful technique to get even results when flattening and polishing the back of a blade: Touch down an area far from the edge first, and then lower the leading edge onto the disk.

For working on bevels, the entire tool holder assembly is simple, solid, and well thought out. Because the machine works dry and can be left set up, periodic touchups can be completed quickly. Curved-edge tools can be guided by rocking them on the tool rest. While this is not an ideal approach, with a little practice I was able to put a uniform edge on basic turning and carving tools.

The downside to this machine is the continuing cost of abrasive disks, which are $2.95 each. However, the finest grits will last for 20 to 30 sharpenings, and the coarser disks much longer

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Editor Test Results:

Flattening/Lapping Backs Very Good
Grinding Bevels Excellent
Honing Excellent

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Veritas
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-871-8158
Wheel Size 8-in.-dia. Platters
Speed 650 rpm
Horsepower 1/4 hp
Amps N/A
Watts N/A
Volts N/A
Materials Aluminum Platters
11/4/2009 is quick and painless to sharpen something... and if your only goal is to get something sharp and you don't care about square edges on your tools, then this is a great system. If however, you are like me, and use your chisels to hand-cut dovetails etc, then you will be very unhappy with how next-to-impossible it is to get your blade edge square. They should never have released this tool. I am going to make my own sharpening system using a piece of granite and an old jigsaw to make the slab move back and forth. A horizontal disk is ultimately a waste of time. Unhappy.

After a few minutes setup I sharpened 4 plane blades and 1 set of chisels in one short session. The method of using a thinner disk to get the final bevel is brilliant. As disc changing is fast (you can stop the disc rotating with one hand on the smooth underside of the platter) I do the first and final bevels without removing the blade from the jig. Care does need to be taken to place the blade squarely in the jig. As the system is dry it is always ready to go.

Be sure to check out this thread this summation:For the poor sap who finds all this on Google ten years from now,here's a summary of the problem again: With the Veritas Mk. II PoweredSharpening System, blades are not ground perpendicular to the edge.This is usually first noticed when the primary and secondary bevels arenot parallel to each other, but can also be seen if you put a square upto the edge after grinding. This is not a cosmetic issue. The edgecan easily be out of square enough to impact performance of the bladeand/or make it very difficult to grind a secondary bevel all the wayacross the edge.

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