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New (Simple) Veritas Honing Guide

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New (Simple) Veritas Honing Guide

Postby Andy Kev. » 18 Jun 2021, 12:40

A bit of idle internet trawling has just turned up this:

https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/to ... em=05M0940

Essentially it seems that Veritas has taken the idea of the old Eclipse guide and enhanced it in every sensible way that they can think of. The price looks reasonable and given Veritas's track record, the quality will probably not generate complaints. I've got a feeling that this could prove popular.
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Re: New (Simple) Veritas Honing Guide

Postby TrimTheKing » 18 Jun 2021, 12:49

Looks good to me. All the Veritas stuff I have is fantastic build quality so as you say, I imagine this will be the same.
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Re: New (Simple) Veritas Honing Guide

Postby Woodbloke » 18 Jun 2021, 13:23

Can’t see nowt wrong with that and as you say, it should prove popular, but at nearly $50 folk may not be inclined to give it a punt - Rob
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Re: New (Simple) Veritas Honing Guide

Postby Andyp » 18 Jun 2021, 13:25

I have an eclipse so won’t be needing another one. I seem to remember Veritas doing something similar but with a cambered roller for honing a slight camber on a smoothing plane iron.
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Re: New (Simple) Veritas Honing Guide

Postby Doug » 18 Jun 2021, 13:28

Interesting that they feel the need to produce an old style honing guide but I like my Veritas Mk11 honing guide too much to change plus as I get older I find having something more substantial to grip when sharpening small blades a bonus.
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Re: New (Simple) Veritas Honing Guide

Postby Andyp » 18 Jun 2021, 13:51

They also do an Eclipse look alike at less than $15

https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/to ... em=60N0105
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Re: New (Simple) Veritas Honing Guide

Postby SamQ aka Ah! Q! » 18 Jun 2021, 14:40

Kell Mk2, wiv bits pruned off, running on an Eclipse-inspired Big Momma roller.
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Re: New (Simple) Veritas Honing Guide

Postby Steve Maskery » 18 Jun 2021, 19:56

I have the MKII with the plain roller, bought in wealthier days. It's very good, but I only ever use it on BU blades, because then an accurate bevel matters, whereas for chisels and Bailey planes, it's not critical.
My honing jig is beautifully made, and that one looks to be just the same. But £50 (as it will be by the time it gets over here, I suspect)? Really?
As I get older I am beginning to think that some things can be too good. But I suppose there will always be a market of people who want the best and don't care about the price. It's possible that I was once one of them.
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Re: New (Simple) Veritas Honing Guide

Postby Andy Kev. » 18 Jun 2021, 22:35

That's all fair comment but if you compare it to its nearest competitor (in terms of quality) which is the Lie-Neilsen guide, it's a lot more economical and of course it is simpler than buying into the Veritas Mk II system. I reckon it's well placed to be a good seller.
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Re: New (Simple) Veritas Honing Guide

Postby Woodster » 19 Jun 2021, 11:34

This is quite interesting for use on a machine and by hand.

https://www.axminstertools.com/axminste ... ide-720742

Handy I suppose if you’re refurbishing old or chipped blades. It’s also available as two separate parts but still a little expensive?
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Re: New (Simple) Veritas Honing Guide

Postby MikeJ460 » 10 Sep 2021, 23:23

I've got the Veritas 'Simple' Guide referred to in the OP. It is disappointingly poor at clamping cutting irons but excellent for chisels. It just doesn't clamp cutting irons easily, I've spent far too long trying different techniques. This means for regrinding the primary bevel I use my Eclipse for plane blades and the Veritas for chisels - and freehand for the secondary.

You can't get the Veritas in the UK, I bought mine from Lee Valley.
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Re: New (Simple) Veritas Honing Guide

Postby Andy Kev. » 13 Sep 2021, 15:52

There's nothing like the views of somebody who has actually had hands on.

Because it's from Veritas, I'm genuinely surprised that it doesn't function 100% from the word go. I think that when Classic Hand Tools gets them in, I will order one just to check it out.
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