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#1 posted 09-02-2016 04:13 PM

Just dragging backward is not very efficient. Paul Sellers method works best for me. A little bit of practice and you will GET the method. Sandpaper in the long run is expensive. Diamond plates IMHO are the way to go. Further a strop with green or white compound will finish off your work.
Don’t forget to use plenty of liquid to carry away the swarf. When I first started sharpening (with sandpaper) I omitted the liquid and had poor results.
Wipe and check your edge often while sharpening. You CAN see your progress as you go up in grits. Don’t be afraid to start over with the coarse grit if you find the edge is not square or you are not getting the results desired.
Check Amazon for deals on a set of diamond stones, I think that is where I got mine. Three grits for under $50..
A simple belt glued to a board and some compound and you will obtain the results, with a little practice.
Don’t give up, it is way difficult to destroy a blade while you are learning. It really won’t take long. I find the wider chisels are easier than narrow ones. You are looking for a mirror finish on the bevel and back.
Good luck.

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