Originally Posted by Jacques
Yes, I recall. I though about it, and still say there is more than one way to skin a cat. Although a taller person may not see the edge so easy that way as they work, but it seems a lot less prone to a slip-off that may gouge an edge when filing. When stoning it's a feel thing anyway. I hope it was not me being so anal. I have made a few negitive comments in my day, but do my best to avoid that. Be good. FWIW? I guess I'm too old to know all those letter deals. I'm slowly learnning though. Google helps! For What It's Worth!
(Not you.) One clear advantage with a pair, bases up, for basic maintenance tunes is you can reduce steps (1/4 as many) and time considerably (by 1/2??)....and it's simpler to comprehend for those on a steep learning curve, including kids. Not only do you eliminate vise positioning of 4 edges, you can inspect all edges by hand to feel for burrs, hit all the edges with one stone before swapping to the other and be done in no time. For more involved tunes, setting edge geometry and using files, on edge and one a t a time is much better, as you know.
I get constant questions and requests for keeping it simple and quick, versus more complex and time consuming while trying to fit tuning (versus none at all as one real alternative) into busy lives and other priorities. I think your videos can help with the 'empowerment' and understanding. I'll try to plow through the rest this week.
Snow's coming (and already here in places). Everyone should get the boards ready now rather than after the snow. It's more relaxed now and you may find a little more time to be slow and smooth, than pressured to bang 'em out when you're trying to get out the door when a zillion other things also going later. As they say, "It's better to patch the roof when it's not raining or snowing...."