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I am looking for some advise on sharpening stones and a honing guide. I don't want to spend a lot of money on either, if possible.

I have looked at various honing guides and read reviews with some ranging from $10 to up to over $100. I am just not sure what to look for.

I mainly want to be able to sharpen my chisels and my blades for my planes.

As for stones, again there seems to be many to choose from. What grit does one buy for sharpening chisels and plane blades? If I can buy just one or two stones, that would be my preference. I was looking at something in the medium and fine grit range. But again, I don't know what I should be looking for?

Oil stone or water stone?

Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.
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I played with stones for a while I probably have 6 or 7 stones. I then bought a Worksharp 3000 and have never looked back. What took me hours on the stones now takes me minutes to sharpen a chisel on the Worksharp. I know stones are cheap to get into but to me it was money wasted as I never use them any more.
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I''m gonna say the Veritas MK II for the honing guide...
it's the cream of the crop... worth way more than you pay for it...
once you get one in your hands, see how well it's made and works you'll understand it's real value...

now for the stones...
best read the PDF's and get yourself really confused...
I use a mix of the Veritas MK II, Tormek 7, wet/dry SC/AO paper, water stones and diamonds...

this style w/ the narrow wheel is total waste of money even if you get one as a gift...

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I use these most of the time. I don't mind the time it takes and it usually isn't that long although it will add up over time. There are different grits and it seems that the color coding is mostly uniform from seller to seller with the blue and yellow being fairly coarse and red being fairly fine (around 400 grit) and green being about 600 grit. The link isn't necessarily a recommendation, more of just an example. HF may sell the same thing for less. They'll last a long time and can be used with the Veritas Mk 2. I've also seen a 4 sided version that is a pretty good deal. There are other sharpening tools I use but these are the main part.

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I have the 4 sided version mentioned by Cherryville Chuck and am very happy with it. I've only used it to sharpen a couple of knives mind you, so can't say about the chisels or plane irons but I would think it should be adequate for those as well.

I can also recommend the Worksharp mentioned by coxhaus. You might find it a bit pricey initially, but it's worth it. I bought some chisels at a yard sale, a couple looked like they have been used on nails they were so gouged. A few minutes using different grits, rough to fine, and I think I could have shaved with them.
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I'm in a similar situation to the OP and reluctant to spend of various grits or stones and still have to learn 'the art' of correct sharpening! It seems rhat apart from grits, the angles are also crucial and for that reason, I am leaning toward an $80 purchase of this

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I fixed your link Paul. That looks pretty slick and easy to use. And no power so you can use it anywhere.

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I went through the same thing a few months back, and wound up spending the money on the MK II by Veritas. I got it from Lee Valley along with a fine and extra fine Diasharp 3x8 diamond stones. I absolutely love the MK II, it's incredibly accurate and easy to use. The diamond stones are great!! No mess and they last forever. I know you didn't want to spend a lot of money but at the very least I would invest in the MK II.
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I'm in a similar situation to the OP and reluctant to spend of various grits or stones and still have to learn 'the art' of correct sharpening! It seems rhat apart from grits, the angles are also crucial and for that reason, I am leaning toward an $80 purchase of this

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I went through the same thing a few months back, and wound up spending the money on the MK II by Veritas. I got it from Lee Valley along with a fine and extra fine Diasharp 3x8 diamond stones. I absolutely love the MK II, it's incredibly accurate and easy to use. The diamond stones are great!! No mess and they last forever. I know you didn't want to spend a lot of money but at the very least I would invest in the MK II.
+1...same here...picked up the MKii Deluxe...using wet/dry paper over a granite saddle...works like a champ...

When I run out of paper, I'll pick up the stones...or maybe not...
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