Originally Posted by Deputy
Yes, I have to review An Edge in the Kitchen and the EG FAQ again.
I'm doing well with the marker, every time I use it, the mark disappears very quickly, so I feel like the angle is good. Maybe I'm just not going long enough to get the burr.
Stones are in good shape - Choseras 400, 1000, 5000 (not DMT) - and are beveled.
Just need to practice, I'm pretty sure of it.
I do not remember my first attempts at sharpening too clearly as it was just too long ago, but I do know that I had my share of problems, reducing sharpness, and just not getting the results I had expected.
Then after getting my first couple waterstones it sort of was new all over again as they are very different than any of the old norton combo stones or wet dry sand paper I had used in the past.
Trust me on this, your not alone with finding a little frustration :)
Few questions, and thoughts.
Which stones are you using now?
I ask because you really want to be using the 1000 at first because the 400 is just too aggressive for what your doing, and the 5000 is just an open opportunity to mess up what you did on the 1000 until you really get your skills set etc. I am one of those who would have to mess with that 5000, and have messed up a good edge trying to polish it in the past lol. It is a learning curve etc.
Chasing the burr is a fine way to get to your desired result, but you have to be able to feel the burr properly, and across the entire length of the blade. I have to admit it was a lot easier finding the burr on my old knives as opposed to my J knives as it was larger and more obvious. So take your time, double check, check again, and oh be careful because a fine burr or wire can be extremely sharp too.
Are you sectioning the blade (sharpening one small part at a time that is similar in width to the stone) or sharpening the whole length at once in a sweeping motion? I believe sectioning is a better choice for new sharpeners as it allows one to have more control over the angle and like most things it also allows to make things a bit less complicated by breaking it down into small steps. I know both ways have their advantages, and I do use both myself too but sectioning just seems to make things easier at first.
A thought on that magic marker is to understand the idea is to show you what the relationship between the knifes edge angle and the one your holding when sharpening. If you are able to hold the same angle most all of the time then the amount of strokes before you check for what has been removed is not such a big deal, but if your not sure or are not holding it steady etc then try to make one forward and one reverse or draw stroke and then check it. This should give you a more accurate reading on just where and at what angle your removing the metal.
Also try to view some of the vids again as it should help to reinforce what you learned previously while also making more sense the more you learn etc.
And do not worry you will get the hang of it :)