Anyone that sharpens by hand will tell you it takes practice, sometimes this is discouraging to someone starting out because it can literally take years to figure it all out. In my own trial and errors of sharpening I stumbled upon a technique that allows you to follow the curve of the edge and keep consistency in your angle by placing constant pressure in just the right areas. Still takes confidence and a sensitive touch but takes the worry out of making even contact while maintaining a constant flow.
Can you show us an example(video) of this technique? I am just getting started sharpening and love any tips I can find! I know it's going to take time to discover my own process and technique but it is nice to have some kind of starting reference.
Very good video Jason. It helped answer a few more questions that have been brewing in my head lately. Your technique is similar to ones that I have been seeing more as I dig deeper into sharpening. I have started to realize that there are many ways to get there, you just have to find what works best for you. I've been trying to soak up as much info as I can before I test the waters but I guess I just need to jump in!
Having the ability to adapt one technique of sharpening to any blade profile will also allow a higher level of skill to be reached in a shorter duration, IMO, since you're using the same body mechanics each sharpening session. I have used the same technique for everything from my Victorinox, Emerson folder, Cold Steel machette, to my Winkler custom forged belt knife. My current project, however, is definitely requiring some modification in style - Hanwei/Paul Chen Katana. Nothing my Nubatamas and some serious patience can't handle. Tempted to get that grab bag of finger stones from Mark for some final polishing, and get back to some serious Tatami mat cutting! - Josh