Is there a particular advantage to mastering sharpening technique involving back-and-forth strokes (such as shown by John Broida in his awesome videos) vs. using a stropping motion to finesse the blade after grinding in the bevel using back-and-forth strokes (ala Murray Carter)?
I currently use Murray's techniques with good results but am wondering if there's something to be gained by adopting John's technique. Because I don't get to practice more frequently than once a week, I find it hard to maintain consist back-and-forth strokes--especially on the 6k stone. The stropping motion comes very naturally and consistently to me.
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