Some good questions and I am not going to complicate the question by giving you the answer.
All I know is, that what I do gives me the results I am looking for and they are better than any of my more experienced friends can get.
So, I am not going to complicate the matter and overthink it until I see some body do it a lot better than I can then I will rethink my stratergy. How sharp do you want? I can get mine pretty sharp, that will do me.
Now, carving knives are a bit different for me as I am getting there but suspect not quite. Then carving gouges have me further down the pole, but i am still learning and looking for more professional results.
Once you have got your micro bevel done and you are happy and then use it for a while, you only have to redo the micro bevel. that is the beauty of the micro bevel in that you only have to worry about a small portion of the chisel or blade.
I just go back to my last and final polishing grit. if it is a water Stone then it is my 6000 grit. if I was using W&D paper it might be 1500 and then 2000 and if I feel real fancy and want to show off to a friend I might go to 2500. but that is overkill, and i doubt you will feel the difference on the wood.
Now with the micro bevel you have two choices set it up in the jig so that the Micro bevel is balanced on a perfectly flat surface like glass, MDF or Marble.
Then go to your preferred medium and you will find that you only have to give it about a dozen or so rubs, draging it backwoods so it does not dig into your stone or paper.
You can offcourse ignore the jig and do it by hand, many do, but you have to balance yourself and avoid a rocking motion, your elbows by your side helps.
Eventually, the micro bevel will get smaller and then you will have to go back to your stones or W&D and redo the primary Bevel and then a new Micro Bevel. But you will not have to go back to the grinding wheel again.
Going back to the stones might only be necessary, once a year or so, unless you mess up the Micro bevel. heck, it's all practice anyway.
Last edited by STAR; 01-28-2012 at 09:02 PM.