How long does it normally take?
If I understood correctly, you sharpen one side of the knife for some time until you feel the edge folding up on one side with your finger and that's supposed to be the signal to sharpen the other side of the knife? And then you touch again? And then once this is done, you do 20 motions (or whatever it was) on side then 20 motions on the other, and gradually decrease the strokes. Did I describe the method correctly?
I'm confused whether you're supposed to start counting the motions from the very beginning once your knife touches the whetstone (which would make more sense since you know you're working both sides exactly the same amount) OR if you just start doing on side until the finger test and then do the other side, etc. - as described in the first paragraph above? If the latter, which seems to be what the video described, why not the former since it's more exact? And if the former, what's the point of even counting down strokes evenly towards the end and not from the beginning since, for all you know, the finger test might deceive you into thinking that you've created an even edge and thus the gradual stroke countdown won't do away with the error?
Also, how long is the entire process suppose to take?
Thanks for your help!