MKII and japanese chisels

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Forum topic by mdraft posted 12-23-2014 04:17 PM 752 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2014 04:17 PM

Hi everyone,

Has anyone here had any trouble fitting Japanese chisels in a MKII honing guide? I am considering picking up a few Japanese chisels, but want to make sure they will fit my guide first.

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#1 posted 12-23-2014 10:35 PM

I haven’t had good luck using my MK II on ANY chisels, let alone the japanese ones. I love it for my plane irons, but I use an Eclipse style for chisels.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#2 posted 12-24-2014 04:09 AM

I have used the MKII with japanese chisels to reset or repair the bevel. I am careful to tighten the jig evenly on the chisel. I don’t use the jig for everyday sharpening. An eclipse style jig might be faster. The problem is that the top of a japanese chisel is not necessarily parallel to the chisel back. Just be careful when you tighten the jig, and it should work fine. Once set, I have not had any slippage.

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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#3 posted 12-24-2014 07:23 PM

I haven’t had any trouble using mine with my Japanese chisels. Careful tightening is very important.

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#4 posted 12-25-2014 06:30 PM

Japanese irons, chisels or plane, and honing guides are not a good match. Guides can be made to work but the operative word is “made”. On the other hand Japanese iron is very easy to sharpen freehand and it is a skill that once learned can be used with both Japanese and western iron.

Buy a couple of cheaper Japanese chisels, say a 13mm and a 18mm to learn on. Then once you are comfortable buy some good #1 or #2 White Steel chisels in the sizes you need. It can be the best of all worlds, you pick up a valuable skill and you have some of the best chisels available and even the cheap chisels can be pretty good chisels. BTW, I still use my first not too expensive Japanese chisels, not as much as the later ones but they are still used.

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