Axminster Rider Honing Guide
Axminster Rider Honing Guide
£10.80 (£9.00 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Rider Honing Guide

Code: 340147

  • Removes guesswork from setting bevel angles
  • For bevel edge or firmer chisels and plane irons
  • All metal construction
£10.80 (£9.00 Ex. VAT)

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Frequently Bought Together

  • Axminster Rider Honing Guide
  • Axminster Rider Double Sided Diamond Bench Stone
  • Axminster Rider Sharpening Station Kit
  • Ice Bear Japanese Waterstone - Combination 1,000/6,000G
Total: £163.48
Description

In Detail

The Axminster Rider honing guide is very similar in design to the classic Eclipse 36. It is an ideal tool for achieving a consistent bevel angle, everytime you sharpen a blade.

The guide offers two tool-clamping positions. The upper jaw accommodates blades up to 78mm(3-1/8") wide. A lower V-groove secures bevel edge chisels or thin tools from 3mm(1/8") to 48mm(1-7⁄8") wide.

The bevel angle depends on the blade's projection in front of the guide. Typically, plane irons in the upper jaw: 50mm(2") gives 25° and 38mm(1-1/2") gives 30°. Chisels or blades placed between the lower jaws: 40mm(1-9/16") for 25° or 30mm(1-3/16") for 30°. We recommend constructing a very simple jig to make setting quick and simple. Using a jig will guarantee consistent bevel angles everytime you sharpen.

The guide’s 19mm(3/4") diameter by 12mm(1/2") wide roller allows you to hone both straight cutting edges or, by slightly rocking the guide, put a crown on an edge.

Reviews (15)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.4 out of 5 based on 15 reviews

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Sam

27 August 2017

Okay, but not square

I have to report, like others before, that the guide is okay, but doesn't hold chisels square. I've had to file a bit off one of the jaws to fix the issue. It's a cast, not machined, part and it's got a thickish layer of paint so the inconsistency in squareness is to be expected, I guess.
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Andrea

21 July 2017

OK for long chisels, but no good for Japanese chisels

Bought as part of the Axminster Rider Sharpening Station Kit. I'm reviewing here separately because each item in the kit has its own pros/cons.

This honing guide is OK for my long old Stanley chisels , but no good for my Japanese chisels, because (a) Japanese chisels have a much shorter head and this honing guide cannot grip them well enough at the right angle and (b) Japanese chisels -- while trapezoid -- are much more rectangular in cross-section than western ones and this guide expects a tighter-angled profile. So it won't hold Japanese chisels -- not even at an incorrect but consistent angle: it holds them at a different angle every time.

I could file it down, to make them fit, but frankly have better things to do...

N.B. At first, I was disconcerted by one edge being slightly rounded while the other is straight. I though this was a manufacturing error, but learning more, I see that this is by design, to make sure the chisel is gripped well against one edge (two straight edges would mean the possibility of wiggle in the angle). This may be the cause of others' problems -- it takes a bit of practice to make sure the grip is right and straight against the straight edge.

All said, it's sturdy and helped me get a nice edge on my western chisels.

Off to find another that I can use with my Japanese chisels...
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Chris Rosewall

21 April 2017

Makes sharpening simple.

Delivered as always with Axminster Tools, next day.
Well made and simple to use, even I can get a true bevel. Used with the Axminster, diamond plate, which I purchased the same time makes a good match.
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Rudi Pilsel

2 March 2017

Practical piece of kit

Simple and effective. Accurate angles on chisels and plane blades
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Simon

24 February 2016

Does not sharpen square

I have had a similar experience as a previous reviewer with this honing guide. No matter how I tried, I could not sharpen a plane blade square. Although the bevel produced was very straight, despite the narrow roller on this guide, it was a good few degrees off square (left heavy). A member of the team at Axminster suggested that it was my technique but I tried on three separate plane blades and tried to vary the way I held the guide and how I applied pressure. In every case the result was the same. Axminster refunded the cost of the honing guide as a credit against purchasing a Veritas Mk II honing guide. The first blade I tried with the new guide has come out perfectly, easily the sharpest blade I have ever used! In my opinion it is worth the extra expense to get the better quality.

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