Even woodworkers living on the cheap have to occasionally spend a little more to get a worthwhile value. This $70 honing guide is the only one below $200 that accurately clamps and provides precisions honing angles for chisels and plane irons. The $15 guide I have now is worthless on chisels and so-so on plane irons. Already I have ruined a couple chisels from uncorrectable skewed clamping. Not having an accurate method to keep these chisels and irons sharp is like having a car and not being able to afford the cost of upkeep.
I’ll have it next week, straight from Canada. Then I can get down to some serious sharpening. As is true with all cutting tools, the sharper the tool the safe it is to use.