Re: Feeling a bit discombobulated....
Judgrbbjr's thoughts are pretty much my own. I'd add that this has come up more than once in my reading on flyfishing and it is often said that a quality chemically sharpened hook will outperform one that is mechanically sharpened. I can't prove it myself, but it's worth noting.
I do think the most important method of sharpening your hook is the one you do with that sharpener that should be hanging from your vest. Testing the hook's sharpness and resharpening is far more important--and something that's severely neglected.