Thank you for all the responses! One more question, what do you use to grind down thhe primary bevel quickly?
P.s. I dont have the money for a tormek. I have three water stones (800,1200,6000) and it took me forever to get the primary bevel on this old iron that was way out of wack!!!
I don't have a tormek either, and I just sold my tormek knockoff. I've tried everything in the world except a frickin' laser for sharpening. I haven no problems with simple things like plane cutters or chisels, but curved gouges drive me crazy.
If you can pick up a cheap 2-sided oilstone (I use water on mine, it works fine) the rough followed by the fine side will do the job quickly if you're using one of those jigs to hold the cutter in place. (I use the old veritas one, once it's got the primary bevel done I just flip a knob 1/4 turn and do it all again to get the secondary bevel).
I don't have an 800 grit waterstone. I've got a 4000, 6000, and 10,000. I only use the first two, after the oilstone. (nothing wrong with the 10K, I'm just lazy and 6K does it more than good enough for me.
Or you can just use sandpaper spray-glued to a sheet of something flat. Doesn't have to be plate glass, thick MDF will work just as well. 220 grit if it's real bad, then work your way up. Some people get up into the bajillion-grit which is like black-glass and will shine the metal fine enough for you to count nose hairs, if that's a hobby you'd like to pick up.