Originally Posted by Deathdeisel
Btw I re-thought my decision on sharpeners, and am giving the lansky deluxe a shot, decided 70$ for a sharpener with an electric motor that will probably burn out within 3 years, and has a tendency to round the tips of knives, wasnt worth it to me. Anyone know of a fantastic read for sharpening? Id love to be able to get a good consistent razor edge.
I feel like almost everyone has got a different method for sharpening. Some go for flat edges, some for convex, some do microbevels, or a combo of those. With freehand, you will inevitably get a convex edge, which some people think is tougher, but is hard to get right and refined. Personally, I use the red and green DMT stones first at about ~20 degrees, sharpening as if I was trying to slice a layer off the stone, going from the tip down to the base of the blade.
Then, for a razor edge, you need to strop you blade with a stretched piece of leather and a polishing abrasive compound like chrome oxide, jeweler's rouge, or mother's metal polish. For this, drag upwards, leading with the spine of the blade, at an angle slightly above the angle set for the stones. Don't use too much pressure while stropping though, or the strop will roll the edge upwards (I had this issue at first).
Again everyone does it differently, but I can get a shaving edge reliably this way.