If I understand you correctly:
Originally Posted by Ankerson
1. Steels like AUS-8 with an edge sharpened with a 320 grit EP stone should last longer than if you polished it through the 1000 grit stone and then strop. Is this right?
2. The better steels like S30V and M4 will hold up better than AUS-8 when sharpened with the higher grit stones, strops, etc. because they have the carbides to support a more refined, polished edge. But, if you sharpened S30V and stop after the EP 320 grit stone, the edge retention would be even longer on that knife than if you progressed to the higher grits. Is this right?
3. When I have S30V that has gotten just a little dull I have been touching it up with a Spyderco UF ceramic stone. Maybe the better stone to use would be the fine or even the medium grit stones. Is this right?
Summary: When does a super polished edge last longer than a coarser or toothier edge? Does it ever? I'm thinking about edge retention, not necessarily the hair popping edge you have right after sharpening.
I appreciate the effort you take to determine your own opinion on these subjects. I would trust your thoughts because it seems you have done enough research to get technical info on steel, then put it to work in real world situations. Then you have the generosity to share the results. That in itself takes considerable time. Thank you.
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