Axminster Rider Honing Guide
Axminster Rider Honing Guide
£10.96 (£9.13 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
£10.96 (£9.13 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: £164.64

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.

This product is on page 251 of the Axminster Tools & Machinery 2018/19 Catalogue.
Reviews (18)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.1 out of 5 based on 18 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews


Wallace Karbe

1 September 2018

Very poor. Chisel holder not remotely square

A potentially good tool VERY poorly made. Chisel guide not at all square. Upper holder for plane blades needed filing down to square it. Cheap but basically not usable. Buy a better product. This one is a waste of money. DONT be tempted by the cheap price



6 June 2018

Completely inaccurate

This honing guide holds a chisel so out of square you're better off letting a blind man sharpen your tools. Tempting to buy considering it's 10% of the Lie Nielson guide but still a total waste of money. There may be ways to fix it up before use, but you'll have to buy more tools to do so.

kevin pulley

27 October 2017

Good for money

The gripping jaws are straight one side and curved the other, with the double bevel on my marples chisels it doesn’t grip well and moves while sharpening.


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.


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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