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Harrelson “Hap” Stanley of GetSharper has made some serious improvements to his Sharp Skate honing guide. The Sharp Skate makes side-sharpening plane irons and chisels a cinch. The cylindrical body houses a clamp that can accommodate blades up to 2-5/8″ wide. The clamp can pivot and lock for skew-edge angles to 30 25 and 20 degrees.
Along the bottom of the cylinder are nine skate wheels that allow the Sharp Skate to glide side-to-side along the abrasive surface. The distance from the wheels to the edge is very short to allow more effectively use of the whole stone surface, reducing the central wear so often caused by other honing guides thus minimizing the need to flatten your waterstones.
The wheels are hardened stainless steel “tires” that ride on hardened bushings packed with waterproof grease. This wheel-bushing configuration is one of the major improvements in this model, improving “rollability” for smooth, quiet action.
Detailed instructions are on the GetSharper website. As well as
The Sharp Skate 4 has an accompanying angle-setting guide called the angle-dock. With this accessory you can set the angle of any thickness of blade by registering the angle-dock reference grooves on the heel of the bevel. This takes a little practice but works quite well.
Mr. Stanley has outdone himself with the new and improved Sharp Skate 4. This is a well thought-out, precision engineered and beautifully executed side-sharpening honing guide. Nice work, Hap!
The Krenov School Mid-Winter Show opens tomorrow, the 14th, for just 10 days. It’s at Town Hall, 363 No. Main Street in Fort Bragg, California. The reception will be next Friday, the 20th. This show is always a stunning display of the finest woodworking in the universe. Not to be missed.
So long, Bubinga — we were just getting to know ya’. Here it is January 2017 and you’ve been added to the CITES list (appendix II) of “species that are not necessarily now threatened with extinction but that may become so unless trade is closely controlled.”
Oh, we can still ship you to our customers within the United States — until we’ve exhausted our inventory of plane kits and carving knife handles. But no more import or export. Here at Hock Tools we’ve been employing your good looks, toughness and durability for years. You’ll be missed, and fondly remembered. Now we’ll have to find… another*.
So, Bubinga lovers of America, the party’s over. Cherish what you have and can still get domestically. Bubinga has left the building.
*Yes, Jatoba, that’s you we’re winking at: