I can't say anything about the Veritas MKII "Power" sharpener, but I can tell you that the non-powered Veritas MKII honing guide is foolproof, maybe not damn fool proof, bur certainly fool proof.
The MKII honing guide was on just about everybody's 2005 top ten tools of the year list and for good reason.
I use the guide with a 200 grit Norton water stone if the blade needs to have the bevel set, otherwise I start with a DMT 600 and then 1200 diamond stone, then finish it off with a 4000 grit water stone. With the MKII guide you can put the micro bevel on in about 10 seconds if you want to, or not if you don't.
I get my chisels and plane blades sharp as razors with a perfectly squared edge.....every single time.
Unless you have a shop full of handtools that require sharpening, or plan to sharpen professionally, I would recomend getting the guide for about 50 bucks and pocketing the difference. Get some water stones up to 4000 girt, 8000 if you want a mirror finish.
getting ready to go ahead and finally<BR>get one, but I had a few
questions. I<BR>haven't been able to find much discussion<BR>on this
unit, surprisingly. The most recent<BR>postings are May 2004 from Mike
in Mystic.<BR>Mike, if you're out there, I'd value your latest<BR>thoughts on
the unit.<BR><BR>1. I usually do Not put a micro bevel on my<BR>blades, so I
guess I will get a few extra 4mm<BR>platters and put all my different
abrasive<BR>discs on this thickness of platter.<BR>Will this work?<BR><BR>2.
Each of the various grit discs must<BR>have a slightly different
thickness.<BR>I'd guess that the difference in thickness<BR>between the
coarsest (80x) and finest<BR>(1200x) discs is on the order of 0.020".<BR>Not
much, but enough so that the grinding<BR>geometry is different and if you did
Not<BR>want a multi-faceted edge or micro bevel,<BR>you would have to re-grind
the entire<BR>bevel at each grit. (As stated, I usually<BR>do Not want a
micro bevel.)<BR>Is it possible to maintain a constant bevel<BR>angle as you
progress through the grits ?<BR><BR>3. What are the best options for
final<BR>honing ? Can anyone recommend<BR>suppliers of superfine grit 8"
PSA<BR>discs ? The latest FineWoodworking<BR>(review on power
sharpeners) recommends<BR>a felt disc charged with compound.<BR>Anyone use
this method? Or is it really<BR>still best done by hand on a
stone?<BR><BR>4. This is a dry system.<BR>Any tendency for burning the very
edge?<BR><BR>As always, Thanks,<BR>Ken<BR></BLOCKQUOTE></BODY></HTML>