Sunday 17 August 2014
New Tool. Magnetic Honing Guide.
Here's a new addition to my range, the design came from fellow woodworker Ben, my thanks to him for his simple yet very useful idea.
It's a magnetic honing guide which clamps on the back of your blade and gives you an exact 30 degree angle with the bubble centred.
It also registers a square edge with the side to side movement, very useful for narrow chisels and block plane blades.
There's a pair of magnets which hold things firm and there's a protective layer over the top which prevents damage to your tools. It measures 43mm long x 18 wide so it doesn't get in the way.
Here attached to the back of a plane blade. The idea is to use the guide to set the initial 30 degrees (and squareness) and then to proceed with your freehand sharpening as normal. As you move from one stone to the next you can easily reset the angle with total accuracy.
If you want to verify your freehand technique you can slow right down and watch the bubble to make sure you are on track.
The guide will span the hollow back of Japanese chisels, very useful.
It comes with a French fitted box and instructions. The cost is £19 and it's in stock now.
There will be a You Tube video out in the next 2-3 months.