When I original wrote the Seven Secrets and posted it to bladeforums, the forum software was different than it is now. Since the upgrade all my original links seem broken and my old post isn't very readable. So I'm reposting the Seven Secrets in this new form. I've also done some very minor re-writes of some of the sections that I hope make it more understandable. It'll be broken up over several posts, as the forum won't allow the entire thing in one big post. If there's interest, I might make a PDF of this whole thing. Here's my new Seven Secrets Of Sharpening (Redux). The Seven Secrets of Sharpening Introduction: The Seven Secrets of Sharpening are a set of ideas that I've slowly figured out while trying to become skilled at sharpening. I've been lucky enough to learn a lot in this forum, through watching good sharpeners working, and through my own experience. When I got the idea to write these down, I initially thought there were only 2 or 3 really important ideas. But as I thought about it, I came up with a total of seven things that I think can help almost anyone who wants to be a good sharpener. Every one of these Secrets has helped my sharpening tremendously. I’d like to acknowledge BladeForums in general for this knowledge. Jason B, HeavyHanded, and many others have given me a lot of insight. Some of the Secrets are almost direct quotes or ideas from the people here. Without further ado, here are the Seven Secrets: 1. Feeling the bevel on the stone. 2. The Japanese stroke. 3. Following the curve of the blade. 4. Observation. 5. Selective grinding. 6. The burr. 7. The coarse stone.