Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Rocky Mountains, USA
I have them both, having picked up a VG2 for cheap at a yard sale.
In terms of what kind of profile you can grind on a tool, they are functionally interchangeable. You can use one to reproduce a profile which was ground using the other.
The major difference is that the #2 is captive in the saddle so it can't drop off the edge of the wheel if the operator is clumsy or not paying attention. Or if they are young students in an introductory class and have no clue what they're doing, which might be why Oneway designed the darn thing.
I do use it, but I don't use the "safety saddle."
I have the toolholder set at a particular angle that I don't ever change, so that when I just drop the pivot point in the normal pocket on the Wolverine base—the one you use for almost everything— it gives me a profile on detail and spindle gouges that I really like a lot.
This is a different "side angle/nose angle" relationship than what I prefer on bowl gouges, so I use the Varigrind 1 for sharpening those.
Doing it this way I lose the "safety" feature, but I don't care, 'cos I don't have to adjust the crank angle on my #1 and I don't have to replace the Wolverine pocket with the safety cradle.
There is no advantage to the #2 over the #1 except the safety feature which prevents falling off the side of the wheel.
Would I buy a Varigrind 2 at anywhere close to full price? If I was teaching children or clumsy people how to sharpen and was worried about liability, then maybe.
But I'm not, so no, I wouldn't.