Thanks for the tip! will drop down and start wit 120/240 grit somewhere next week and really take my timeYea, all my hand sanding is done over multiple days now, usually while half watching a dumb action movie. “The Core” was really good for this. Alternate your strokes from parallel to the spine to perpendicular to the spine as you increase in grit, and don’t move up to the next grit until you can’t see the previous scratches.
And start super low grit if there are deep scratches.
I find that some knives seem to decrease in width slightly near the tip as you go toward the spine, so it’s hard to hit that area when polishing, especially on hard, high grit stones. It’s tempting to lift the knife up to hit those areas, eg when working on lower grit stones, but that just makes it even harder to get an even finish there. I’m not sure I’d be trying to lift up at all. I mean, you want the bevel to be flat on the stone, right? This might be one of those times where it’ll be hard to get an even finish without dropping down to a lower grit and focusing on evenness of your strokes rather than getting the finish to look right there. (So, even out the low spot, don’t polish the low spot.)I think your right. It doesn’t seem to be so much of a problem for me on softer stones.