You are correct in stating that chisels, or any blade for that
matter, thicker than 1/4 inch will not fit in the "mouth" of the
Sharpening Sled. This is well stated in our brochure and website. We
just could not make a model to fit every single blade, ($$$), but feel
we fit most of the chisels, (like as you wrote, "my hardware store
Stanleys are thinner and work fine"), and so far, all plane irons out
As far as the finish of the brass knob....I can only say we take
them from the screw machine, wash in a degreaser and dry. They are not
buffed at all. That would increase the cost even more.
The sled body having minor scratches, well that is unacceptable.
Please send it back and I will send you a new one.
"I haven't sharpened with it yet", Joe, please give it a try before
passing judgement on it. I think it's performance will speak for
The cost is basiclly what it is. We produce it here in the USA, using
your neighbors shops and talents. Also "the tool has a nice heft and
feel to it" does add to the cost. Actually the reason you don't see it
in mail order catalogs is because even though they all oved it, they
all wanted to jack up the price to about $100.00 to allow for their
margin! I would not allow that. Actually Hartville Tool will be
carrying the Sharpening Sled starting in their September catalog at our
suggested list prices. I guess they are as concerened about the cost to
the end user as we are. If we can take up a poll and the majority of
the woodworkers want a plastic version made in China, well I would stop
"I scary sharp on a large marble slab. I think if you were to use a
that fits between the legs of the sled you could probably gain enough
to get a proper alignment", again this is not an issue if using the
mentioned 1/4 inch thick blades or less.
Joe, email me through the Alisam, (a - lee - sam, my 3 children, Alex,
Lisa and Sam, sorry I came up with the name before 9/11), website with
any concerns after using the sled. My first concern is customer
satisfaction before all else.