My father could sharpen anything and spent a lot of time whittling and make things from wood. He sharpened saws for the local carpenters, scissors, straight razors and knives for the neighborhood. He used 3 different stones and a leather strap for knives and razors. I guess I never learned the true art because he never let any of my knives get dull.
I currently use a Chef's Choice sharpener on the kitchen knives which is acceptable and steel on my hunting knives and they become acceptable. I have one knife that I have used to field dress deer for years and about three I use for skinning and butchering. I put a little more effort into those with a stone and use a steel to touch them up while in use.
I was just looking on the internet last night for a leather strap as I would like to improve my honing skills.
Look under barber supplies.
When you are up to your butt in alligators, it is hard to remember your intent was to drain the swamp. Stay focused!