Originally Posted by retired trucker
Love your over the sink rig for your water stones! Very ingenious and practical. I would love to learn how to properly hand sharpen on a water stone, but I have trouble maintaining a proper and consistent angle. I am impressed by people who have that ability.
That's the point at which I gave up. It seems impossible to keep the proper angle. Plus it's work I can spare myself by using a good (emphasis) electric sharpener and buying ceramics for the real work. My steels work fine and are nicely uniform under magnification, and the ceramics are every bit as sharp as a properly (KCMike!
) sharpened steel.
Next: I'm a fan of japanese (what's it called) folded layer forging steel, having seen it done in an old sword shop in Japan, and think that the real advantage was uniformity of the resultant steel blade. Do modern forging techniques achieve the same uniformity without all that work?