Originally Posted by buzzard767
I've found to reach this level is stropping on charged, thin, hard leather.
While I am coming around to that idea, I like the burr-free edge provided by glaziers' glass. I do have a strop, with a light dab of paste about midway, and I'm using it more.
However, the debate is which strop is better. The convex boys like a firm strop placed down on a solid table. The V-grind and double-bevel cool kids
, such as myself, like a free-hanging strop they can control.
But the more I sharpen the more and more I have come to believe that our future is in our past. There are swords in museums that outcut anything or anyone.
My choice has been to incorporate more and more Japanese polishing tools (or modern renditions) into my sharpening regimen.