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Forum topic by trevor7428 posted 12-23-2016 04:50 PM 850 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2016 04:50 PM

I’m debating between Work sharp and Veritas Mk.II Honing Guide System

The MKII set includes narrow blade honing guide, standard blade holding guide, angle registration jig and camber roller for $124. Pretty much all the accessories except the skew registration jig, which is separate.

Or is it worth it to get the Work Sharp for $189. If I did I would use Stumpy Nubs plan, which eliminates the need for purchasing other accessories from Work Sharp. Or at least that’s the way Stumpy made it seem.

The MKII seems to be one of the best honing guide on the market. While the Work Sharp seems to take sharpening time to bare minimum.

I will be sharping chisels and plane blades only. No lathe tools or knifes.

Anyone have personal experience with both and prefer one over the other?

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion


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#1 posted 12-23-2016 06:18 PM

I’ve got the basic Veritas and really like it. It might be a little more time consuming but that allows me to be very particular with the end results. I use Granite counter top and wet/dri sandpaper.

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#2 posted 12-23-2016 06:45 PM

I like the MKII as well. I already had the stones, so it made sense for me. I made a leather strop board that I use while working. It keeps the blades nicely honed, so I only do touch ups on the stones with the MKII. The Work Sharp looks convenient, but seems less precise since the blade isn’t locked in a jig.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#3 posted 12-24-2016 04:49 AM

I have both and they each have their own purpose and uses. I use the Worksharp mainly for stropping to polish up edges when a full sharpening is not necessary. I also use it for flattening the backs of blades which it excels at. I have used it for sharpening chisels and plane blades and it does a nice job. It actually is precise once you learn how to use it. I use the Veritas gear when I need a full on sharpening for blades. It is a very nice item and provides great results. But that’s all it is good for (which is not a knock against it, I wouldn’t part with it). The Worksharp has much more versatility. If I could only have one, I would probably take the Veritas stuff as it does sharpen better then the Worksharp, in my opinion. Of course, the stones used are far better than the sand paper medium of the Worksharp. And I have other methods to flatten blades and strop them.

-- Mike

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#4 posted 12-24-2016 04:54 AM

Worksharp works well but you can’t sharpen an iron of a #6 -#8 on it. Worksharp is pretty quick at sharpening though

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#5 posted 12-24-2016 05:07 AM



Worksharp works well but you can t sharpen an iron of a #6 -#8 on it. Worksharp is pretty quick at sharpening though

- corelz125

I am not sure why you would say it won’t sharpen wide blades. It absolutely can with an added attachment or home made jig. Here is a link to the attachment.
http://www.worksharptools.com/parts-accessories/wide-blade-attachment-for-ws3000.html
Also, if you check Stumpynubs website, you will see his jig for sharpening plane blades. Why put out info that is not true?

-- Mike

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#6 posted 12-24-2016 03:36 PM

He said for the $189 price. Buying the extra attachments it sharpens anything. I have the attachment for sharpening knives and scissors and that works well also.

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#7 posted 12-24-2016 03:52 PM

Thanks everyone for the input. Still haven’t decided yet, but leaning toward the veritas. Then will probably add the workshop later. If I still think I need it. The only reason I think the worksharp is I have a lot of dull chisels.

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#8 posted 12-24-2016 03:57 PM

The worksharp is worth it for chisels gets it done quick

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#9 posted 12-24-2016 04:05 PM

I don’t have a lot of sharpening cycles under my belt, but I have moved recently from the older (v1) Veritas to a cheap AliExpress guide. The Veritas is better made, but since I only sharpen 90 degree bevels, the lack of a 90 lock was a pain. The inexpensive guide is much quicker to set up. You don’t say whether you do skew chisels and things like that, or if you’d tried the cheap option first .. but FWIW I am happy now with that guide and my waterstones.

In sunny weather I just sit cross legged on the back patio and sharpen. It makes me feel Japanese.

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#10 posted 12-24-2016 08:11 PM

For reestablishing bevels on a bunch of old chisels & plane blades, the Worksharp is going to magnitudes faster. I bought some inexpensive diamond lapidary plates off eBay in the lower grits, which are cheaper and last longer than sandpaper.

I now use my Worksharp mostly as a faster way of doing the Paul Sellers free-hand convex bevel on the top of the machine. This works with wide plane blades as well as chisels. And I leave a leather honing wheel with green compound on it for touching up blades while I’m working.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#11 posted 01-05-2017 04:03 PM

Is the MKII even needed if you already have the worksharp? I ended up buying the worksharp and love it. I thought I needed the MKII also, but since I don’t have any skewed chisels or need to camber anything. Is there even need for the MKII?

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#12 posted 01-05-2017 10:35 PM

if your only sharpening chisels then you dont need anything else

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#13 posted 01-06-2017 12:29 AM



if your only sharpening chisels then you dont need anything else

- corelz125

Chisels and plane blades

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#14 posted 01-06-2017 01:26 AM

I have the MKII set that is brand new and I’m selling for $70 w/shipping.

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#15 posted 01-06-2017 01:29 AM

plane irons up to a number 5?

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