|Review by PurpLev||posted 06-16-2008 02:05 AM||3945 views||2 times favorited||17 comments|
Be careful when using this product because it’ll help you get your blades so sharp you could cut yourself by holding them by the handle…
This tool is remarkably simple to use and accurate. I especially like the quick micro-bevel setup. If you are not sharpening blades on a regular bases so that you are comfortable holding them at the precise angel you want them while sharpening – this guide will double and triple the value of your blade!
I am the weekend warrior, and as such, I do not practice sharpening my chisels very often. I have had a single english marples for a long time, and thought I can freehand sharpen it – which I did- only to have an OK edge that would require some force to use, and would lose it’s shape in no time. for the longest time I wanted to get the MK-II, but always thought I don’t REALLY need it, and postponed this purchase until this weekend. I am using the “scary sharp” method, and have always heard of people achieve razor-blade sharpness off of their chisels, which sounded like a cool idea, but I never even got anywhere close to such a thing until this weekend. I have used the MK-II to sharpen and hone a brand new 6 piece Chisel set in less then 30 min, and also completely fixed (the odd bevel) and honed my old marples in less then 10 min (including regrinding the bevel) – all to a mirror finish, and a hair splitting razor sharp edge.
I should have gotten it much earlier. I never realized what difference it would be to work with properly honed chisels – the blade slices through the wood (almost) like a hot knife through butter without putting much more force then gravity itself – I was amazed at this as I have always believed you really need to work hard to cut mortices, and anything else involving chisels.
The MK-II makes it a fast, comfortable, adjustable process to take a dull blade, and hone it to a mirror finish. is also keeps your fingers far enough from the abrasive as to protect them from scratching. it got me to hone 7 chisels from scratch (100grit – 230 – 400 – 600 – 1000 – 2000) in less time than it used to take me to sharpen a single chisel freehand before – and apparently it wasn’t even a good sharpening as the bevel wasnt right, and it wasn’t really kept parallel to the abrasive!.
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