Short story: See that knife in the pics below, tell me how to sharpen it and I will do what you say.
I’ve read many threads here and on Chowhound, as well as reviews for far too many sharpeners on Amazon. A dizzying array of options are available. I want to just start simple, learn to sharpen this one knife and go from there. It doesn’t have to be samurai sharp, I don’t use it for sushi or anything like that. Right now, the honing stick I have isn’t doing much. It’s been a year since it was last professionally sharpened. I want to learn to sharpen at home so I can do it whenever I want.
Just say, “Do XYZ”, I will pick one suggested method and try it. If it doesn’t work, I will pick another method. I am not afraid of ruining the knife or failing at a certain method. I won’t get upset that a suggestion was a waste of money.
Here is the knife. The box read “Carbon Steel” when I purchased it over 10 years ago. The words “No Stain” are written on the knife, however, which always made me suspect it was stainless steel. It has no rust even though I never wipe it dry after cleaning. It holds an edge very well.
Here are some options available to me locally. Amazon is fine, too.