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Minimum blade lengths for different honing guides

We’ve often been asked what was the shortest blade that could be used on the honing guides on offer? We’ve used a steel rule to find out and here is the result.

Minimum lengths of blades
Blade with bevel angle of 25° 35°
Richard KelI honing guide with small rollers (diameter 20 mm) 35 mm 32 mm
Richard KelI honing guide with large rollers (diameter 40 mm) 52 mm 43 mm
VERITAS MKII honing guide 55 mm 43 mm
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