Originally Posted by YetiDave
Japanese knives are no better than a butter knife if you can't sharpen them though. There's no point spending hundreds of dollars on a great Japanese knife if you're incapable of maintaining it. If you can't sharpen knives then just learn
Fixed that for you!
Stop wishing it was easier, and start wishing you were better.
If I could learn to use whetstones at the age of five, then any of us can learn.
I find that quiet time maintaining blades to be therapeutic.
Also, if you develop good habits, you regularly spend a very short time on this.
The new hi tech stones are amazing, just half a dozen strokes and you are done.
Thanks for the excellent contributions so far in the thread!