Step 1: Fixturing the knife for consistency
There are many people out there who can sharpen a knife free-hand and achieve a beautiful edge. I am not one of them. Consistency is the key to any sharp blade, so I took the guesswork out by using a clamping knife sharpener that can sharpen to the exact angle with every stroke and stone.
Secure the knife in the clamp on the spine. Make sure that the knife is clamped well so that it does not shift during sharpening.