I have one of these… have for a year plus and though it seems like it should be close to perfect in repeatability I haven’t found it to be. However, I really want to love it. Maybe I need some advice/help. Here are my issues…
- My biggest issues is that I find that no matter how tight I make the knurled brass screws the blades (specifically chisels) wiggle out of alignment. Maybe I should scuff the beds with some sandpaper? Also, those knurled nuts are great at grazing the skin off the sides of my index fingers as I try to wrestle them loose after a sharpening session. Am I over tightening?
- I tried sharpening a mortise chisel in it but the placement at the required angle wouldn’t allow it to work as the wheel would rub against the blade holding mechanism. Unfortunately, the same is true with my Eclipse jig.
- Small blades are a problem. I’ve tried the Veritas Small-Blade Holder with the Mk II and the Eclipse with less than great results. The magnets and stop block dont do a very good job at holding small blades such as the Lie-Nielsen Violin Maker’s Plane or the straight edged Veritas Spokeshave blade.
All in all I’ve found that the Eclipse is quicker to setup and (almost) more versatile (minus the small blade problems). I use a Wixey angle guide to set up the honing angles. Not perfect but… Should I just move on?
Any tips to share?
-- Adam - Red Hook, NY