My ordered Veritas Mk.II Honing Guide arrived yesterday afternoon while I was out blowing snow hither and yonder.
It arrived in a slightly larger box than the one from the manufacturer. I was surprised it got here so quickly. When I looked at the originating address on the shipping invoice and box it became clear why. Lee Valley Tools Ltd has a physical presence in New York State: Ogdensburg. The shipping was free. Check. It was cheaper to buy from Lee Valley directly than through one of the large woodworking mail order firms that carried their line of goods. Check. I’m quite pleased with how fast the product shipped and how it arrived well packaged and safe. Check. And upon inspection of the honing guide, I have to say I am thoroughly impressed with its heft and construction. Check! If this guide doesn’t do something totally unexpected, I see myself buying from Lee Valley whenever they have what I need.
So here’s the manufacturer’s box:
Upon opening the box you are greeted with the instructions on use:
Here are the contents; the honing guide and angle adjustment gauge:
I haven’t weighed the honing guide. I’m guessing a couple of pounds, easily. The angle adjustment gauge is made of aluminum with brass turn knobs. I slid the gauge onto the leading edge of the guide to see how it fit. I think this is going to work nicely.
For what this does, this is a big investment for me. I think this set will make it possible for me to work effectively and safely with chisels and hand planes. The proof, of course, is in the pudding. Tomorrow I will put it to the test and report back my results.