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Posted on Veritas Mark II Honing Guide worthwhile?

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#1 posted 01-18-2009 04:56 AM

I have both the older Veritas and the Mark II. The guide on the Mark II makes getting a 90 degree edge a piece of cake. The pins in the guide also make duplicating a primary/secondary angle a breeze (i write the setup on the iron with a Sharpie, so I can reference it for honing). The older Veritas works better with my chisels that have a bevelled blade, as the floating washer on the screw seems to tighten better than the plate on the Mark II.

The best thing I have found for sharpening my scrub irons is an 8” Carriage bolt. I smoothed out the top, and place a wingnut and washer both below and above the blade with the top of the bolt being my “roller”. (the bolt goes through the iron slot). By setting the bolt the desired distance from the edge, and raising the iron to the desired bevel angle, I can rock it side to side, and pivot it sideways across the abrasive to get a smooth sharp radiused bevel. The radius is limited to the length of the iron (old ones with not a lot of meat left in front of the slot mean a shorter radius). The rounded top of the carriage bolt lets me pivot without any raising or lowering of the bevel.


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