The best, quickest, smartest way to sharpen IMO is to use a machine. Until you grind a fresh edge on your knife, you will be wasting precious time trying to remove material on a stone that is designed for--let's face it--final honing.
This is the principal of sharpening all woodworking tools: planes, chisels, etc. First you grind, then you hone. Professional cabinetmakers and others who use these kinds of tools for a living don't waste their time laboriously pushing a plane iron or chisel against a stone.
My preference is for the Tormek machines, either the T-4 or the T-8. Granted, these are expensive, but considering how much oboists and bassoonists spend on profiling and gouging machines, they're just a drop in the bucket. With the Tormek and other waterstone machines, it's a two-step process: first you grind on a slow-moving waterstone, then you buff the edge on a leather buffing wheel primed with a special compound. The resulting edge is superior to anything you can achieve by hand, IMO, and much faster.
Maker of Historical Keyboard Instruments
Reviewer/contributor - Fanfare Magazine
Amateur bassoonist, baroque oboist, baroque bassoonist