- 4 Dec 2008
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- Watford, Non S-At, Udon Thailand
That says more about you and your usage and skill than it does about the usefulness of honing guidesAs ever I'd say that the skill level needed for freehand sharpening is exaggerated.
How on earth did they manage for 1000s of years before the honing jig fashion kicked in only 40 years ago or so? It was usually learned in a few hours in week one.
Woodwork itself is much more demanding than sharpening a few chisels, which is about as easy as sharpening a pencil.
I think the jigs make it more difficult and the idea that sharpening is difficult becomes a self confirming - to be rapidly followed by purchase of a different jigs, alternative stones, glass plates, expensive diamond plates, and £100s spent in no time for no real benefit.
My personal usage of sharpening is quite likely to be once a year at most so I use a veritas guide and get perfect results.
How they worked for thousands of years did not include all the various power tools that I have and use, so sharpening was a much more necessary and frequent occurrence.
as to honing jigs, they have been in use for very much longer than you imagine. Professional woodworkers probably didn’t use them but others certainly did.
Your viewpoint seems to be extremely restricted and blinkered