There is an interesting change in my knife use and perceptions and thought patterns I thought I'd share.
Cliff Notes: SE is the shih tzu and I'm seriously considering not buying anymore PE knives in the future.
A few years ago some of you might remember a thread I made about carrying nothing but SE for 6 months. Back then I didn't even own a Sharpmaker, and part of my goal with that journey was to force myself to figure out how to get repeatable results in sharpening SE, because I saw potential that I was missing out on due to my inability to keep them as sharp as my PE (and ultimately I believe this applies to nearly everyone and is maybe the biggest reason more people don't use SE).
Over the course of that 6 months I figured out how to use a Dremel to strop SE, but it didn't end with me really loving SE and with the exception of my Dragonfly Salt I continued buying and using only PE knives. It wasn't until I got a Sharpmaker and learned how sharpen SE with it and then bought and started carrying my Autonomy that I really came around to actually preferring SE over PE.
Now when I go to cut something, there is an immediate expectation that I've never experienced before, I expect the edge to bite in and grab the material I'm cutting, I expect it to be very aggressive and I expect whatever I'm cutting to separate in a hurry, and it does. When I go back to carrying PE, it is immediately apparent that this action is different and I really don't like it. I've come to expect this so much so, that I practically have no interest in carrying anything PE anymore and that really has me kind of shocked to be honest. The best way I can describe it is "positive snagging"...because it's definitely a grabby kind of feeling like a snag, but instead of that abrupt snag/stop/rip feeling there's a bit of resistance and then the blade just goes through whatever you're cutting. This is 100% dependent on how sharp the edge is.
The other day I was cutting up some urethane (car bumper cover material) and I had both my Autonomy and my Sliverax with me. Both made the cut successfully, but I noticed a lot of slipping with the Sliverax, almost to the point that I had to stop the cut and restart it because the blade slipped completely out/off of what I was cutting. By comparison, the Autonomy almost behaves more like a push cut because of how the teeth grab the material, and if the blade does end up making more of a slicing motion it gets really aggressive with how it cuts. I was able to make cuts with the Sliverax and prevent the blade from slipping off too much, but I had to deliberately make a push cut motion to keep the edge centered in the material, and that took noticeably more effort and focus.
In a way it's like SE has simplified the amount of thought and focus it takes to cut things, and I find that really interesting because it seems like most peoples' issues with using SE is how they perceive the action vs PE, whether they cut cleanly and or snag, and it seems that people are over thinking all of this when the reality is SE seems to perform best when you stop thinking so much and really just go for it and white knuckle what you're cutting.
SHARPEN IT LIKE YOU LOVE IT, USE IT LIKE YOU HATE IT