This could turn into one heck of a thread.
Everyone has a different opinion on what to do. but I agree with your friend, what you see on TV is not the way to go.
Someone once told me to hold the steel verticel, resting on the counter, handel at the top for those of us that don't want cut our hand off.
Then run the knife down on each side. This will help keep the proper angle.
Judge Jim, Given to me by Terry @ Git R Smoked.
Chef Jim, Gym, Jim, or CJ. I'm not a Chef, but I play one on the internet.
A veteran is Someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America", for an amount of "up to and including my life." That is honor, and there are far too many people in this country who no longer understand it. Author unknown.