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After constant abuse in the shop your tools can get a bit dull around the edges.  Having your tools sharpened professionally can get pretty expensive, so why not consider sharpening them yourself?   Thankfully for all of you out there with a bit of time and a light wallet (like us) there are tools like the MK II from Veritas Tools. 

The MK II looks to be pretty simple to set up and use, and it has fine angle adjustments that we haven’t seen on other hand held guides.  The MK. II also has three gross bevel-angle range configurations: a high-angle range (25° to 54° in seven increments), a standard-angle range (15° to 40° in six increments), and a third range for back bevels.

The guide is designed to accept flat and tapered blades, as well as blades with irregular geometry, and it can accommodate chisels as narrow as 1/4″ and blades as wide as 2-7/8″ — up to 1/2″ thick.  That’s a pretty wide range of blades.

The real kicker is that the Mk. II features a unique blade registration system that squares the blade and sets the bevel angle in one easy step.  The registration jig slides onto the guide body, centering and squaring the blade using an integral fence.

With a street price of around $45 it might be worth having one; It beats the mess out of sitting around a shop full of pointy metal sticks.

MK. II Honing Guide [Vertias Tools]
Street Pricing [Froogle]


3 Responses to Finds: Veritas Tools’ MK. II Honing Guide

  1. Mark says:

    I have used some Veritias sharpening accessories in the past. This one looks much more “adjustable” than most. Is it overkill? Anyway, my comment is more about what kind of abrasive surface to use. I have used Scary Sharp (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scary_sharp) and gotten nice edges. Waterstones seemed too involved and expensive to me.

  2. nikker says:

    I have used the MK II and found it to be very good except for the fact
    that chisels less than 1 inch are easily moved and hence lose the square
    setting. It was suggested to use high friction tape to hold the chisel in place,
    but this didn’t work. Hope someone has some solutions to this problem.


  3. Rod says:

    A strip of 200 grit sandpaper, glued to one face of the iron holder with a smear of rubber cement, should keep that chisel in place. In extremis you can put strips of sandpaper on both clamping faces.

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