Honing Guides Aren’t Just for Wimps
This tool guarantees consistent results when sharpening chisels and plane blades
Synopsis: Developing honing skills requires a great investment of time and discipline unless you use a honing guide. In this article, Mario Rodriguez assesses four popular honing guides. He explains how honing guides work and what to look for in a guide, and then he offers tips on using them, such as using a firm grip. The models he examines are the General No. 809 sharpening guide, the Stanley No. 14-050 guide, the Veritas honing guide, and a side-clamp or vise-style honing guide.
When I apprenticed as a carpenter, I was taught to hone my chisels and plane blades without the benefit of a mechanical guide. At first, all I had to show for my intense efforts while hunkered over whetstones were a sore wrist, hollowed stones and uneven convex bevels on my cutting edges. With practice, my honing technique improved. But developing this skill required a great investment of time…