Henry Eckert Honing Guide
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Made in Adelaide, the Henry Eckert Honing Guide is in solid cast manganese bronze, marine grade stainless steel & brass. It is based on the design principles of the no longer produced Eclipse guide.
It has CNC machined jaws, matched in pairs. The machining is precise resulting in absolutely square edge sharpening. It is super smooth in operation. The reference points ensure the blade or chisel you are sharpening is flat on the stone and square to the rolling bearing. The bearing is 15mm wide to allow weight shifting when honing and hence blade rounding when required but not too narrow to cause unnecessary grooving of the sharpening stone.
The tool accommodates all plane blade widths and bevel bench chisel widths.
We use only marine grade stainless steel for the threaded rods & bearing to limit the damage the water / grit environment it is exposed to can cause. A sintered bronze bush is used inside the stainless bearing to allow smooth operation and resistance to corrosion.
The upper jaws that accept plane blades are ‘dovetailed’ to ensure the blade is pushed down flat and square. Maximum blade width on the top jaws is 70mm, narrowest 32mm. The lower chisel jaws are the same in reverse, that is, on clamping, the small plane blade or chisel is pushed up flat against the jig to keep it straight and square. The lower chisel jaws have a maximum width of 45mm, narrowest 8mm. We also have a ‘middle’ clamping position to accommodate thin bench chisels 12mm (1/2″+) to 6mm (1/4″). The tool accommodates all plane blade widths and bench chisel widths. Some mortise chisels can also be held in the honing guide between the flat sections of the jaws. Clearances allow sharpening from 20° up to 50°. The knurled brass knob is wide giving excellent finger purchase with a screwdriver slot to be used if required.
The hand cast process does allow for some casting residual imperfections, it doesn’t affect at all the performance or life of the tool, part of the tool’s character.
The tool is solid weighing 340 grams (12 oz).
We have always been a great supporter of the simplicity and efficiency of the Eclipse jig, our aim is to make blade sharpening very simple and very successful for the woodworker.
Made in Adelaide.