I have been using Paul’s method since I saw it a few weeks ago on You Tube and it works. I checked out the irons on my Grandfathers plough plane that hasn’t been used since the 60’s and notice that he sharpened in a similar way. I think that I have been brainwashed with all the new techniques micro bevels, honing guides, waterstones that i have ended up looking for the perfect shaving instead of achieving an edge to perform the job in hand which is mastering the plane.
I have also been caught in the ‘headlights’ of the high end tools which work very well, but have discovered that the Stanley “plain Jane” number 4 with a thin iron works equally as well.
I have recently started buying old saws and now need to learn to sharpen / tune them.