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· Master firewood maker
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i would think that, the smoother (more polished) the blade's edge is, the smoother the resulting surface would be, because the edge is more uniform.

also, my understanding is that the more polished edge lasts longer between sharpenings ... ?

when i started sharpening my blades, i tried sharpening them freehand, and my results were not good. i'm 100% sure that is NOT because hand sharpening is a bad method, but because i have not learned how to do it well.

then i started using a honing guide, and my blades were MUCH sharper.

i just use dry sandpaper, and go through 220-500-800-1500-3000. it is only a few swipes each on 800, 1500, and 3000 (probably an extra minute or 2) to get a mirror polish.
 
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