dannynyc wrote:"I can get my knives (and they are good knives -- masamoto ks and konosuke hd) sharp enough to shave arm hair, but I have a tough time getting them to do what I really want them to do -- glide through tomato skin without sawing.
My thoughts & reactions are, this without ever in memory stopping at 600, <1> I don't think I'd strop a 600 edge with a 16k or 30k strop. I don't see the point unless its just to deburr, but I've never stopped at 600 either. <2> Confusion. Your KS & HD are sharp enough to shave your arm @600, but have to saw through a tomato. I mean, when you say "shave your arm" - I would imagine a 600 edge would yank then cut your hair. Irrespective of that, as you know - hence your frustration, it should rip through a tomato effortlessly. <3> "I realized that I'm probably over-refining for this purpose"
I can link to a score of videos of highly refined edges falling through tomato skin like the tomato wasn't even there. A couple nights ago I brought my KS through a 1200, 5k, 8k, 1u, 1/4u (that far bc I was bored in my hotel room) free hand progression that thinly sliced unsupported tomato horizontally as easily as it passed a HHT.
I have to recommend, closely in line with Ben & Ken, to eliminate the strop. I'd buy a 1200, finish your progression there, and if you must strop, strop on the 1200 lightly.