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Kell Honing Guide

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Kell Honing Guide

The Kell sharpening jig is a simple, elegant solution beautifully executed. The Kell Guide is the first rolling honing guide we've seen that works with short, narrow chisels. Two solid brass cylinders hold the blade securely between them. A solid brass thumbscrew adjusts the width of the guide; machining of moving parts has been done so well that adjusting the guide feels like working with a micrometer. A pair of guide rods keeps it all in alignment, while also registering against the back of the chisel, which in turn rides beneath the guide rods for a uniquely compact and stable stance. Plastic rollers and clamping faces protect the brass guide, which has a wonderful weight in the hand and works fantastically. For the first time ever, our narrowest chisels are both sharp and square across their front edge.

To add a microbevel after honing, use the Kell's 3mm Polycarbonate Risers.

#1 Standard Honing Guide

The #1 Kell Honing guide is designed to hone short or narrow chisels and plane irons up to 1" wide. It uses 24.5mm (0.965") diameter Ertalyte TX low friction rollers.

#2 LGE Large Wheel Honing Guide

The #2 LGE Honing Guide uses 40mm (1.575") wheels. The added height from the larger wheels makes it a easier to set the blade in the guide for the appropriate bevel angle. The Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMW PE) wheels easily shed dirt and sharpening grit to prevent contamination as you change sharpening grits.

It handles straight blades up to 2-5/8" wide, but may have difficulty with short blades, like spokeshave or palm plane irons.

  • On both the #1 and #2 guides, the total width of the wheels adds 1-9/32 inches of width to the width of the tool you have clamped in the jig.

  • If you have an older #2 Kell Honing Guide with the smaller wheels, we offer the large wheel retrofit kit.

  • Kell offers the #3 Honing Guide to handle more challenging blades – skewed blades, thick blades, blades that do not have square and parallel sides.

Additional Information

Kell #1 & #2 LGE Honing Guide Info Sheet

Kell #2 LGE Honing Guide Info Sheet

Richard Kell Demonstrates his Honing Guides

Product Warnings


This product may expose you to chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Please read our Proposition 65 warning.
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