In the spirit of cowboyardee's tome on relative ease of various sharpening systems, I'd like to ask those who use, like, have mastered, and/or think they've mastered sharpening on stones:
How do you constantly and repeatably maintain the desired angle of blade to stone? Do you use a clamp-on guide? An angle-finding gauge? Do you Magic Marker the edge and then look? Do you click it in? Is it just a Luke Skywalker thing? If you don't *actually* measure and fix the angle(s), how do you assure that you're not drifting the angle up, down and all around with each successive sharpening?
I have one of the inexpensive Lansky guide-rod clamp-on sets of stones, and I have etched onto many of my kitchen knives the exact location of the clamp and the edge bevel in degrees, so that the edges and stones meet at almost the identical angle(s) every time. My belt machine has a platen with angle settings that can be set and repeated.
How is this done with stones?