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Sharpening Accessories

All the "other bits" are here: the superb Veritas Precision Honing & Sharpening System for the hand preparation of fine cutting edges, along with the associated Short Blade Holder; diamond dressers for wheel maintenance, slipstones - perfect for honing fluted tools, especially, and sharpening points for turner's ring tools.

MKII Honing/Sharpening Guide

Veritas - Fine tools for woodworkersThis is the new and improved honing guide, from Veritas. This Mk II honing guide has broken down the sharpening process into its most basic parts and has given us an incredibly simple to use honing guide. Firstly set a 'range' which accommodates the angle you desire by using the thumb screw mounted on the guide itself, attach the registration jig and set the specific angle desired, butt the tip of the chisel up to the register, align the blaJig shown inverted so as to illustrate the Fencing systemde with the fence and tighten the locking thumbscrew down onto the blade. Now just run the guide and chisel up and down a sharpening stone and you're guaranteed to have your preferred angle. Simple, fast and reliable is the name of the game here. Constructed from die-cast zinc alloy, with precision-machined brass and steel parts. Can accommodate blades from 1/4" to 2.7/8" wide.

The Veritas Mk.II Honing Guide has been designed to produce accurate and repeatable square bevels on chisel and plane blades. However, when using smoothing planes on large, flat surfaces, it is desirable to hone a slight curve, or camber, into the edge of the blade. This allows the cut to taper out on each side, and avoids plane tracks in the surface. The Veritas Camber Roller Assembly has a barrel-shaped roller that allows limited rocking, while still maintaining an accurate and consistent bevel angle. Simply replace the standard roller assembly with the camber assembly and hone, first applying more pressure on one side of the blade, and then on the other. Blade extension is still set using the registration jig, and the camber roller includes the standard eccentric system to allow micro-bevels to be honed.

The Veritas Skew Registration Jig locks into the Mk.II honing guide to make quick work of setting both skew and bevel angles (left- or right-hand) of chisel and plane blades.
The jig's machined aluminum base provides skew angle markings that are laser etched for accuracy and legibility. The skew angle graduations cover the range of 10 to 45 in 5 increments, and there are additional marks (18, 22, 28) to cover the angles of popular skew plane blades. The base has four distinct tracks providing four bevel angle settings: 20, 25, 30, and 35. (The honing guide's eccentric roller allows variation from these angles for creating a micro-bevel.) The unique sliding fence with blade stop allows you to match an existing skew angle visually even if it is non-standard.


Diamond Dressers

Neither people who dress in diamonds nor tools for making diamonds yet more brilliant, but diamonds mounted in round bar holders to "dress" your grinding wheel true and clean.  Most in-service grinding and sharpening problems have more to do with poorly maintained grinding wheels than any other single reason.  A glazed wheel cannot cut freely, causing the tools to burn due to over-heating of the cutting edge, giving poor and slow sharpening performance and creating frustrations that inhibit the creative process.  The wheel becomes hollowed due to wear and then can no longer be used to create a true cutting surface on the tools.  Regular dressing of grinding wheels is essential and these tools provide a very quick, easy and economical means of achieving that.

Simply move the diamond point across the face edge of the normally rotating grinding wheel, gently removing the glazed surface layer - only a fraction of a millimetre should be required unless the wheel is badly dished.  Dress the wheel regularly to maintain it in peak condition and with a true, flat cutting surface.  Take care to wear eye protection during this, as with all grinding processes.  A respirator or dust mask is also recommended.

Also take a look at the Holzer diamond dresser with 45 mm wide head.



Slipstones are used to refine (hone) the tool edge after sharpening on the grindstone and for touching up the tool between grindings.  These stones are sold either singly or as a pair. The large slipstone measures approx. 41/2" x 1.3/4" and the smaller one approx. 2.1/8" x 1".  The stones are ovoid in cross -section: all long edges are rounded such that between the two you should find an edge to fit inside the curvature of any gouge, whilst the flat surfaces are ideal for the external bevel surfaces and for flat bevels.

If you prefer, we also offer diamond honing cones and slipstones for tool maintenance.

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Sharpening Points for Woodturner's Ring Tools

Ring tools such as the Sorby 845H-1/2"/845XLH-1"; Hamlet HCT125/HCT126; Crown 275/275A are excellent for end grain hollowing, but when it comes to sharpening, they can present something of a challenge.  The "correct" method, which avoids the possibility of altering the rim-to-bevel relationship, is to grind the inside (only) of the ring using a "Grinding Point" or "Sharpening Point" of the correct profile.  Not easily available elsewhere, these points are listed below.  Note: the maximum speed of operation is 19500 rev/min.  The point should be applied to the inside of the ring only and contact needs only be very brief.  Note that the one size listed fits both 1/2" and 1" tools.  May be re-shaped using a dresser, if required.


CBN Honing Points for Deep Hollowing Tools

If you use a deep hollowing tool such as the Hamlet Big brother or Little Sister, which use a shielded ring style cutter, then you may feel that an easy way to sharpen it would be a bonus. Now, we have the solution - one that we originally manufactured to meet the requirements of the Hamlet factory at Henry Taylor Tools, where these CBN hones are use to put the final shape and edge onto all of the cutters for the Brother and Sister series tools. Best used in a pillar drill to ensure square presentation, at a speed between 500 and 3000 rev/min, this conical point will quickly put a new edge on your ring cutter. Beware: CBN cuts freely - do not exert great pressure and do not grind for more than a few seconds at a time. Grind and review, grind and review - otherwise you may end up without a cutter to look at!!


Silicone Carbide Hand Sharpening Stone

Silicon Carbide Oil StoneCombination silicone carbide sharpening stone. Fine & medium grades are acheived by flipping the stone over and using the opposite side. An ideal sharpening tool for carrying around in your tool bag if you want a traditional-style stone. Size: 200x50x25mm. (8" x 2" x 1" approx.)


Most sharpening products work even better if a honing fluid is used to help remove the detritus as sharpening progresses.  Water may be used, but of course this can mean that your tools are later subject to corrosion if you do not dry them thoroughly.  Likewise your stone itself could be damaged by water staining.  There is a very effective solution to both these issues in the range of corrosion protection products created by Shield Technology .  We strongly recommend the use of HoneRite Honing Fluid , with active corrosion inhibitor, when using a sharpening stone, both to make your life easier when honing and to prolong the life of your tools.

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