Most of my sharpening habits, over 20 years or so, have been built on using smallish hones (6" or shorter). I've been in the habit of using a draw stroke, with the tip angled upward at the start, and drawing the blade diagonally across & down the length of the hone. This allows for sharpening of blades much longer (up to 8" or so) than one would ordinarily assume with 'short' hones. For one not accustomed to doing it this way, it might initially seem awkward. But, it doesn't take long to get used to it.