Dude, you some kind of engineer or something
Guilty as charged.
This is a great writeup of the problem
. It is for precisely this reason that I don't have a base edge tool (just use a side edge tool) to do my own tuning. Instead I use a very fine hand-held diamond stone to smooth out the base edge occasionally... nothing more.
Nice to hear somebody else was at least aware of this. The experts I've consulted so far have said the problem is non-existent. I don't think I'd trust myself to do it by hand like you are though. I guess once the edge is SET you can use diamond by hand for SHARPENING only, which it sounds like what you're doing. But I do want the extra assurance that I properly set my angles with a file, once, before starting all that... and that is what a base tool supposedly lets you do.
Last edited by The111; 08-23-2011 at 10:00 PM.