Kell British-Made Deluxe Honing Guides

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Kell British-Made Deluxe Honing Guides
Serious craftsman will find it indispensable
Stock Number Item Description Availability Price Order Qty
62J02.12 Standard British Honing Guide

Available 03/08/2017

$59.95

62J02.14 Long British Honing Guide

Available 03/08/2017

$69.80

This has the best overall construction of any honing guide we've seen. It is made of two solid turned brass bobbins, each fitted with a Delrin roller, running on solid stainless steel guide rods. A threaded rod through the center is used to tighten the bobbins to the side of your chisel using a solid brass knob.

Uniquely, you can mount the chisel under the guide bars, as well as above them. This simple innovation makes it possible to accurately hone very short chisels, very narrow chisels, and chisels with extremely long primary bevels. All are nearly impossible to hold in most other honing guides. And, because the rollers are outboard of the chisel, the jig will not rock as you hone.

Made primarily for chisels that are from 1/32 to 1-1/8" wide, the Standard Guide (pictured) is not generally for wide plane blades. The Long Guide can hold blades up to 2-5/8" wide, however. Made In Great Britain.

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  • Well designed, well made honing guide

    Lynn S., 1/26/2017 The back order made this Christmas present three weeks late, but it was worth the wait. The online image shows the new larger rollers made of nylon 66 (PA 66). The model I received had the smaller rollers optimized for shorter chisels and short cutter blades. The larger rollers are available as service parts, but I don't think I will need them. The smaller rollers work very well with my bench chisels and bench plane blades. The hex nut clamps the blades very well when tightened by hand. The clear plastic spacer on each side of the blade grips snugly and is a replaceable service part should it become worn. I was concerned the plastic rollers would wear quickly when used on abrasive sheets, They did quickly pickup discoloration, but show no sign of wear. The instructions show how to make a jig to use the holder with a whet stone - not running the rollers on abrasive.
    The device is well designed. The blade is firmly held normal to the roller axis. The blade can be easily set to hone a desired angle. Serviceable parts are easy to access for replacement (a pair of snap ring pliers are required to replace the rollers.) The device is well made with major components made of brass and steel. No diecast pot metal parts. The wide stance for the rollers prevent the blade from rocking laterally on the rollers - like happen with other model with a single central roller. This is the attribute I like most. Now I'm off to correct 30 years of free hand sharpening.
  • Great alternate guide that suits any Blade.

    A.J.D., 1/21/2017 I have a Lie-Nielsen honing guide for my planes and their chisels which works great. I needed something that could do other manufacturers chisels that may have a thicker or tapered side. The one I have can skew the attack of the sharpening.. I got this one and it grabs the chisels very positively and strong. Easy to set up for any angle and micro-bevel you desire. Glad I checked out Garrett-Wade and found it.
  • so flat it feels like a vacuum sticking the edge to the stone

    rowland shepard, 11/19/2016 Easy to adjust. I had 'rocked' a chamfer on the edge of the 3/4" mortising chisel. I worked the bevel and with still a bit to go, to get the edge to clear, I shortened up to temporarily get a secondary bevel. Then it started to "stick" like a the edge was getting sucked on the stone. Extremely flat result. Scarry sharp! Well made tool
  • Easy to use and consistent

    David D, 10/30/2016 The small wheeled Kell is a breeze to use and provides consistent angles when sharpening. It is easy to set up for most any size blades for consistently achieving the right cutting angle on my plane and other irons.
  • great jig

    Paul Saffold, 10/17/2016 Great for short blades. I use it for spokeshave blades as well as plane blades and chisels. I bought the narrow version years ago and wish I had bought the wide (up to 2 5/8") one instead. Garret Wade shipped it out the day I ordered it and I had it quickly. It only works for blades that have parallel sides. Make up a wood jig, basically a rabbet on the end of a 1/1", to butt the blade up to, place the bars under the blade, hand tighten the knob. The direction with the jig and on YouTube say to have the blade under the bars but I like it on top of the bars better.
  • Small but effective

    Robert Peterson, 10/4/2016 It's a good product and holds my thick sided chisels very well. It is much smaller than depicted by the picture on the web site and that was surprising when I opened the package. As long as the rollers hold up this honer should last for many years.
  • Great Porduct

    Paul sawler, 9/9/2016 Excellent device. I didn't realize how dull some of my blades had become. On a trial run, learning to use the guide, I was amazed at how incredibly sharp I made my one inch chisel.
  • Very good

    Ron, 5/22/2016 I like but instruction could be a little more
  • simply the best I've used

    James, 3/4/2016 I have struggled to find a guide that securely holds my chisels. The Kell long honing guide is just the ticket. It firmly grasped the chisels and held them perpendicular which resulted in a perfectly square finished product. I love this guide and highly recommended it to friends.
  • Love It Very Much

    Pia, 7/9/2015 It is very simple to use. There is a memo which helps you to set up the angle. And with high school math, I can figure how to set up for any angle I want.
  • Great For Small / Thin Blades

    Ray Bowers, 3/8/2014 A great guide for small/thin blades like a plow plane and such. A full size honing guide, like a Veritas Mk II can still do the same thing, but I like the feel of the smaller guide for smaller blades. Beautifully machined and great to work.
  • Quality Device

    Ron Larson, 5/26/2011 Very well made, quality stainless steel & brass. Easy to use. Very stable due to the wide spacing of the wheels and the quality of the machining. Make sure your stone is wide enough to allow for wheels.
  • Big rollers

    Reizaal, 1/24/2011 I like how the big rollers look. This guide really make it easier to use fine sandpaper to sharpen tools, which is the best, when backed by a flat steel plate as base like shown by the picture.
  • best of it's type

    Dan W CArmichael, 1/11/2011 It took me a while to use it but yesterday I sharpened 5 Japanese chisels with it. It was great, I mean the best of this type I have used. The only problem came with the small chisels. You need to press at the contact point and with the very short protrusion and the small width...it was hard at first. I think I can practice my way out of this. Dan
  • Handy

    Cole, 12/14/2010 Got this for my brother who loves to work with wood and it is a great addition to his tool collection. I know he will use it often.
  • Nice Honing Guide

    Randy, 7/19/2010 The long guide is strikingly long- it unscrews about 2 1/2 inches, which accommodates wide plane blades. I've got to make a stone holder the same thickness as my stones to allow for the guide to use the entire stone width. Just more projects to do!
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