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Forum topic by 12strings posted 295 days ago 507 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been sharpening freehand for about 4 years, and just purchased a $12 honing guide after hearing Denab P. Talk about the ease of getting consistency, and the time saved by repeatability…and after using it once, I’m sold. No question its easier, and I can see immediately that it will help my edge tools perform more predictably.

So Get one! Especially if you have been having any sharpening difficulties…GET ONE.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#1 posted 295 days ago


-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 295 days ago

I will only free hand to touch up an edge, I am a firm believer in honing guides….words of wisdom from you.

-- Mike

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#3 posted 295 days ago

I have to freehand my chisels cause my current guide wont hold them, the cknaistancy is nice on my plane blades though.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#4 posted 295 days ago

No way I can get the consistency without one, they’re great. I was talking to a guy who works for FWW magazine about planes, he’s been a pro for decades and he uses a guide. Freehand would be great but it ain’t happening with me.

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#5 posted 295 days ago

The next step is to make a blade projection setup jig, it takes less than an hour to make and will make your sharpening life soooo much better, its the best thing if you want consistency.

-- Arguments with furniture are rarely productive. (Kehlog Albran)

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