I do not have a lot of trouble Sharpening knives, bit I wanted something with a consistent and repeatable edge from knife to knife without spending a bunch of money. This seems to be doing the trick.
I made the sanding sticks from hardwood. They’re 1″ wide. Sandpaper is glued on. Note the leather strip is on a 1″ metal bar. I tried metal for the sanding sticks but liked the wood better. I found the metal to heavy and a bit unforgiving. I’ll probably remake the strop on wood to.
I made the layout by clamping a knife and marking 17, 20, 25, and 30 degrees. I then drilled the holes so the top of the rod is at the bottom of the line.