As the OP is new to handsharpening it's important to acquire precise movements and correct errors immediately as they occur. That's why I suggested both
Basically you load a 4-sided strop with 4 different pastes. Usually in a progression that makes sense for your setup. If you don't have much for stones,
Not sure to understand what is supposed to happen here. Could you please elaborate?
I'm guessing maybe he meant that some people will tend to go out and spend a couple grand on a set of natural stones before they even learn to use a synthetic.
"Boiled" linseed oil isn't boiled -- hasn't been for a very long time. It has "driers" added that greatly speed up polymerization,