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Hi Juryaan,

The protractor method works extremely well as a guide and should help you become comfortable with finding the angle, but you could also create an angled block which can be placed alongside your diamond plates and used as a reference.

Practise is the answer to becoming consistant with your sharpening and you will find your grip and stance will naturally adjust within a short while.  By all means use honing guides for times when blades need re-grinding after damage, as they help in keeping the grind square to the blade, but honing/whetting of edges is typically best done freehand. 😉

A small 6″ adjustable square is a handy tool for checking blade edges and a fine fibre tipped pen or sharpie is useful for marking square across the blade. 🙂