Wil, Wanted to say thanks for posting this video of your approach to sharpening. I've been over it a hand full of times but seems like an excellent strategy. I'm still having a hard time completely erasing the shoulder, even though I'm dropping the angle to below 10, just above scratching the blade face above the lamination line.
I'm surprise that others haven't chimed in cause its its quite different that what most do. The two things that struck me are 1.) bringing the whole bevel to the edge (zero bevel sharpening) and 2.) Using very few tiny short strokes to do it.
I'm a flipper sharpener following traditional Japanese knife sharpening, what Jon preaches. What mostly taught is on sharpeing technique not sharpening strategy. Something like start at low grit, move to high grit, hold like this...
Your four step technique, I'm calling it "the Wil four step" is just brilliantly demonstrated. The video is clear, simple and exactly how I want my edges finished.
Kinda ironic that the only natural stone I have is a VL2.5 Aiiwatani from Maxim. Looks like I picked a good one, but it wasn't cheap. HA
Thanks for this eye opening 10 minute presentation on blade honing. Just brilliant. Watching you WIP and other videos, I'm always impressed, never surprised.