Technique wise, I wonder about the one stroke versus two stroke sharpening -- I used to always sharpen in one direction only, pulling the knife in the direction of the spin and trying to run the whole edge diagonally so that each stroke covered the entire edge on the stone, but the water stone videos I see seem to mostly run only a part of the knife … The last key to successful freehand sharpening is a logical progression through grits. Normally people who forge blades like to use an aggressive 36 grit belt to remove hammer marks and some people prefer to start with a 60 grit … Grit. Recently I had 2 knives … This is one that some people might disagree with me on, but I’ve found it to be important for me in my sharpening. My current grit progression for touch ups is – 1000 grit diamond stone (50 per side), 1500 grit … I am sharpening kitchen knives, some are Henckels and some are of lower quality steels. When you use a knife for a while, especially a knife with a soft, thin edge like that found on a kitchen knife… Grit Progression A normal progression in grit in knifemaking is 50 or 60 grit for rough grinding, then 100 or 120 grit for final grind. Until very recently I've only incorporated progression with extremely dull or damaged knives that warranted a starting grit of 400 or less, in which case I would further grind the edge at 1k. The sharpening steel should be an important part of your knife maintenance strategy, and is maybe the most mis-understood part. The grit … Before honing on a 5k.