Like you, I strop on a 6k after my 1k and like the results I get. Though I have yet to use it, I bought an 8k to try. That's 3/4 of the fun of this obsession is trying something new. I may love the 8k or hate it, we'll know after my next sharpening. If I don't like it I will sell it and try something else. Besides that, how else am I suppose to piss off the wife without buying more stones that I don't really need!