Beware of purists
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: beyond the pale
If you're going to use jigs, the Eclipse style, the Veritas, and a few others that work in the same fashion, are the way to go. But once you understand how and why those simple jigs work, you might want to try without them.
But the hocus-pocus rods, sharpening sticks, and the various other convoluted contraptions, most all of which revolve around the "brand system" are designed to cut your wallet open and bleed money.
Prehistoric peoples learned to knapp flint and obsidean and get a sharpness that worked. Why? They knew about getting edges.
Had they fell prey to the sharpening con-men of today, humanity would have died out 100,000 years ago.
Remember - You're not a "real" woodworker unless you do exactly as another woodworker says you must do to be a "real" woodworker. It's called "The True Woodworker Fallacy."