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Forum topic by maxhall posted 01-14-2017 06:47 AM 586 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2017 06:47 AM

Wondering if anyone has tried this sharpening jig. I’m a big believer in “buy once cry once” so while not inexpensive, if its as versatile as it seems it I would say the expense is justified. While I haven’t purchased any of his tools yet I have spoken to Allen Little and he is a super down to earth helpful guy. Always quick to respond to emails and even spoke to me at length on the phone about using Waterlox as a finish for our wooden floors (~4 yrs ago). The guy also has a ton of vidoes on youtube covering use of the jig I was just curious if there are any happy owners out there.

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#1 posted 01-14-2017 03:37 PM

Nope not me I do have one jig that I use for my Japaneese chisels.


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#2 posted 01-14-2017 03:46 PM

I have not used that specific jig, but I bought one that used the same principle probably 25 years ago. I think it was made by Veritas, but I don’t recall for sure.

My problem with it was that it required constant adjustment when moving to different stages where the abrasive surface was at a different height. The VSC, while I’m sure is a quality item, seems to be even weirder since (at least the way it appears in the video) the top plate is so long that the handle rests on it. That would be awkward for me. Also, how do you ensure the blade is at 90º to the jig?

At that price, for another $50 you could get the WorkSharp. You could also save a bunch of money by going with the Veritas MKII. It’s compact and the roller rides on the abrasive, so you can move from station to station without adjustment. It has a very nice method for setting the angle too. If you have any scrub planes, they also offer a camber roller.

Depending on the amount of work a blade needs, I could be moving from a very flat diamond plate, to sandpaper on glass, and then to two different stones which are of differing heights. It also has a cam adjustment on the roller to allow you to bump the angle by a degree or two to put the final polish on your edge using the 8000+ grit stone.

Even the deluxe Veritas setup is only $125. If you have any skew blades, add the skew registration jig for $33, and you’re pretty much at the same price point as the VSC, with better angle accuracy and versatility.

You can see the MKII here.

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#3 posted 01-15-2017 01:26 AM

I use DMT stones that are all the same thickness, and I put the stones on a piece of float glass or a 18×24x3” granite surface plate. So either way the jig and the DMT are flat in reference to each other. Squaring is an extra step. I would plan on using a machinest square. I also like that since the jig doesn’t need to ride on the stone/abrasive you get a longer stroke. I hadn’t considered the handle of the chisel affecting the jig but that is something to think about. I’ve also considered the MK2 as I know it is very well received on here. Definitely something to consider. Hoping for some feedback from someone that owns this jig.

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