Because of the difficulty holding short blades such as those found in most spokeshaves, instrument makers' planes, etc., sharpening them has been difficult. The Veritas small-blade holder solves this effectively and safely by securing the blade using two powerful rare-earth magnets embedded into anodised aluminium and an adjustable stop block. In effect, it transforms your short blade into something larger (38mm wide x 100mm long) that can be effectively held for sharpening, either by hand or by mounting in a honing guide.
29 December 2014
Usual Veritas quality but design is flawedThe blade is help in place with two magnets and a sliding bar with a chamfer that fits over the top edge of the blade. The problem is that even with this bar in its furthest position, a normal 151 type blade still overhangs the holder by far too much. (Veritas recommend 1/8" I think from memory) Consequently there is too much leverage on the blade while honing and it is too easy to push it off the magnets.