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#1 posted 02-12-2019 11:28 PM

Actually, FWW gave the L-N and Veritas (deluxe version) guides the same best overall rating but said the Veritas was the only guide that sharpened every single blade they tried excellently. I was a little surprised by that, I’ve never heard any complaints from people who’ve used L-N. One reason the writer put the Veritas slightly ahead was because for $125, the Veritas deluxe set will do everything. If you want the same multi-functionality as the Veritas, you will apparently need to spend more than the base $125 because the different jaws are $25 or $35 each. I say “apparently” because I don’t own it and I don’t know if you really need, say, mortise jaws for mortise chisels. Do you really need those extra jaws? I don’t know. L-N says you also need additional jaws for chisels under 1/4”. Is that true? Maybe it is. The FWW guy said he had to concentrate more to get non-skewed bevels for very narrow chisels. He didn’t say how narrow. And for some reason he didn’t say if he was using the narrow jaws. In the review photos you can see that the writer had multiple jaws, so maybe he was using them?

Also, with L-N (they didn’t mention this as a reason why they gave Veritas the edge) you’ll need to make an angle board. Veritas figures out all the angles for you, plus two microbevels (I’ve never bothered with two, only one.) Is making an angle board gonna kill you? No. I’ve made one and took 15-20 minutes.

I have the Veritas and recently added the narrow blade head. Did I need a narrow blade head? No. But it makes a big difference and I’m glad I got it, because narrow chisels would often shift. Even if you tried hard at not getting them to shift, they would shift. Freehand, I cannot consistently get secondary bevels with up to three stones by hand. I almost always use two stones, but when I’m starting a bevel over from scratch, I’ll use three. Sharpening by hand is faster in general, but I don’t need to shave precious minutes from sharpening. It doesn’t take me that long. I’d rather have consistency over quickness.

Some people don’t like the Veritas because of the potential for skewed bevels. As long as you evenly tighten the knobs, you will not get a skewed bevel. I haven’t had skewed bevels since the first time I got a skewed bevel, which is when I first bought it several years ago and wasn’t paying attention.

Speaking of skews, I don’t think it’s necessary to have a skew attachment. Those chisels don’t need to be samurai sword sharp, just sharp enough to get stuff out of corners.

Some people find these guides to be a waste of money. For me, it was worth the investment. I had the cheap-o honing guide mentioned above and never liked it. With practice, it’s not difficult to sharpen freehand. Again, I use my guide for consistency. Freehand can sharpen your blades the same as a guide, it cannot sharpen them better. Only faster.


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