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Using the Honing Guide


The standard honing guide head uses a clamping bar that registers on the face of the blade, and the straight roller hones straight edges.

After the tool is mounted in the honing guide, it is prudent to first place the set-up on a flat surface to double check on the blade projection (Photo 4). You can make minor adjustments to the set-up if necessary.


Checking the blade projection by ensuring the bevel is fully contacting the stone.

Photo 4 – For primary bevels, the micro-bevel knob is set at 12 o’clock. If you only want to refresh the micro-bevel, turn the knob to 6 o’clock.


To begin, hold the honing guide in both hands with the thumbs on the lower roller body and the index fingers on the blade (Photos 5 & 6).


Rear view of proper grip on the honing guide, with the thumbs on the roller body.

Photo 5 – Apply only light downward pressure on the blade to let the sharpening medium do the job.


Front view of proper grip on the honing guide, with the index fingers applying light downward force.

Photo 6 – Use back-and-forth strokes to sharpen.


When the honing has progressed through to the finest grit, if a micro-bevel is desired, turn the micro-bevel knob to the 6 o’clock position and take a few strokes. Last, remove the burr on the back with the finest grit (Photo 7).

Removing a burr by polishing the back of the blade on the finest grit.

Photo 7 – Place the blade’s flat side on the sharpening medium and make a few side-to-side passes to remove the wire edge.

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