Here is the way I sharpen free-hand when I do. Not used to making videos so please forgive the incompetance. The last few seconds is cut off one or two of them. This is how I do it now. I think it is the easiest way to free hand sharpen as well as getting great results faster if you are just beginning to learn to sharpen. At least for those just starting to learn. I believe starting with this method would be wise because it works. It is very easy to learn and understand. The simplicity of this method is what makes it work so quickly compared to the other techniques or styles I've tried. Having said that, for anyone who already has technique that they like and works for them there is no need to start doing it like the videos below. Anyway, here goes.
I put this here a couple days after I started this thread. It is also in post #14.
This is a single video of what is in the different parts below. I think it's easier to understand than watching parts 1-5.
part 5 (video named part 6)
I hope this is of some benifit to someone. Please ask questions if I didn't make something clear enough or ask why something should be done a certain way (IMO). I'm by no means an expert and would love to learn some more from the people on this forum. Lord knows I've learned a lot here so far.