Sorry mate. Knife sharpening has come a long way. I've been using a simple Smith's kit for a while, but there's quite a few good kits that allow you to set an angle and hold it. Then it just becomes a matter of doing a few strokes on each side back and forth until it becomes sharp. Otherwise you're looking at something that is almost more an art than a skill. I include putting a convex edge on a blade in that category. :P I'm more worried about quick consistent results so I use a kit that makes it almost impossible to mess up. You've pretty much got your pick of kits that set angles anywhere from about $30-200. If you want something more esoteric involving japanese wetstones or freezing the blade, you'll have to ask someone else, sorry. Here's a few links that might help:
Here's the cheap one that I've been using.http://smithsproducts.com/products/prod ... d=34&cid=4
Here's how to understand gritshttp://blogs.popularwoodworking.com/edi ... Grits.aspx
Here's a basic guide to sharpening.http://groups.google.com/group/rec.kniv ... 02fb?pli=1
Another guidehttp://www.knifeforums.com/forums/showt ... 6367/tp/5/
I just reread a friend's post about sharpening and it's phenomenal, but it's on a favorite forum of mine that's private so posting the link wouldn't help you. He has pictures of his entire collection of sharpening items which ran to about 40 items including various stones, pastes, rods, and setups. He's definitely more the...skill/art type. Good luck.