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#1 posted 02-18-2018 06:21 PM

My first sharpening experience was using the set up like you have. I was taught to skew the tool slightly so that it would fit the width of the stone easily and sharpen in a figure 8 movement.

I don’t know what the black stone is but it is possible that it is not flat or as flat as the other stones. If you skew the iron while sharpening and move it in a figure 8 fashion it should still sharpen it across the width of the blade I would think.
I have an old DMT diamond plate and one water stone. After the 8000 water stone, I use the green compound on a strop. Seems to do okay. My diamond plate is 3” I think but I still skew the blade when I sharpen. I don’t use a jig, just do it by feel.

It took me some time to learn how to really get the edge I wanted. I think I was over thinking the whole process and doing more worrying than I should have.

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