I have a number of very nice knives. Although some cost hundreds of dollars I consider all of my knives useable. Obviously a knife that is used is going to need touched up from time to time.
Now I have an art that I'm sure most of you don't. I can take a fine knife with an edge that is 80% percent there and turn it into a butter knife in 3 minutes. I'm not uncoordinated, or stupid, but as soon as I get a knife next to a stone I know the only thing it's going to be able to cut next is melted butter. I have all the good stones, I've tried lansky (ruined a couple of knives on that system ) I also have the ceramic rods that go into the wood at angles. I know keeping the edge at the same angle on both sides is important and I've read a pleathura of material on sharpening knives. Nothing seems to work for me. Now my Randals are starting to get a little dull and need touched up. I am scared to death to get them next to a stone and I want my knive razor sharp.
Any advise from you experts would be appreciated. What am I doing WRONG.