A Look At Off The Stone Honing Guides
A look at off the stone honing guides is article about Sharpening bookmarked by danny with ID 12813852209 was uploaded on 17-03-2019 and has been viewed 282,758 times.
In Fine Woodworking #274, I took a look at several honing guides on the market.As I mention in the article, the review covers only guides that ride on the stone even though I also looked at several models that ride off it.
These were left out because I found the off-the-stone models lacking in the same serious way.Because the guides' wheels don't ride on the sharpening medium, all your stones must be the same height or else your honing angle changes—defeating the purpose of a honing guide.
The higher the stone, the shallower the angle on the honing angle on its original setting.Even if your stones start at the same height, they wear at different rates.This is especially true for waterstones, which I use.
This means even shimming your stones, as I did in the pictures, isn't a permanent solution.Still, these guides may be worth considering, especially if you use sandpaper on glass or diamond plates, so I've ranked them independent of where their wheels roll.
Of the group, the Ultimate Honing Guide by Gerd Fritsche was my top choice...