Kell Honing guides are the best sharpening fixture we know of. They clamp firmly against the sides of the tool, and the simple design of the fixture allows it to work with an enormous range of shapes and sizes.
Unlike top-to-bottom clamps, Kell clamps eliminate the hassle of getting the blade square to the jig. Two plastic washers even out any irregularity in the iron so that the clamp holds the tool far tighter than any other honing guide on the market. To determine the honing angle, just measure the amount of extension from the jig. It's really reassuring to work with a tool that is so solid in the hand and so positive in its clamping action without lots of fiddly adjustments that can get clogged and slip.
The jig works perfectly from both Western and Japanese style chisels and plane blades. Spokeshave blades and other short blades are no problem. We use them in the Gramercy workshop as a fixture for shaping and polishing machine parts because they're clamping mechanism is so secure and works with a wide range of shapes. We consider these honing guides to be the best on the market, and when you feel the the quality of the Kell guide in your hand, you will too.
Kell Honing Guides are available in two sizes, both expertly machined from solid brass and stainless steel. The Small Guide
fits blades up to 1" wide. The Large Guide
can clamps blades up to 2 5/8" making it great for sharpening plane irons. The larger diameter wheels(1.56"/40mm) make tuning the bevel angle slightly easier over previous models, but require a little more extension of the tool.
Richard Kell Honing Guides are Made in England.