Yup, you really do. Jumping from 220 to 1000 is way, way too big of a jump, its like trying to read the 4th floor of a building by jumping from the sidewalk. Honestly, going from 1000 to 4000 is a bit much too, personally id like to have a 2500 in the middle there as well.Thanks for that descriptive outline. I forgot to mention, I'm using a Veritas MK 2 guide when using just the flat stones. Sounds like I need some intermediate grits.
I've been using the black felt tip trick for plane irons and chisels for many years and as my eyes have grown old with me it makes more and more sense to use it.Read the late Leonard Lee's book on sharpening. Available through the company he set up. Lee Valley.
You will find two pages of photographs made with a scanning electron microscope (SEM). There is no better way to examine a metal edge at any magnification.
I'm always carving in very softwoods (red & yellow cedar) so "carving sharp" can't be pounded in with a mallet.
What I learned is that steels are so soft and plastic when thinned to an edge that 1,500 grit (3 micron nominal particle size) is as far as you need to go. Then hone on some sort of a strop with CrOx (0.5 micron) mixed with AlOx (0.25 micron) to finish with a nicely polished surface. I put all my water stones and expensive diamond plates away. I use 3m fine finishing wet&dry silicon carbide sandpapers. The strop is an office file card with honing compound scribbled on it.
For my carving adzes, I use a tennis ball as a mandrel.
Don't forget to always paint the bevel with black felt marker to follow your progress.
??? So you abandoned honing to a higher grit b/c you’ve concluded it weakens the edge, therefore you’ve settled to work with duller tools? Either you’ve misinterpreted something or the entire ww’ing world is about to be upended.LL point out that really thin steels at an edge are very flimsy.
It's poor thinking to imagine that you can do any better and the pictures are proof of that fact.
I was gung-ho to do 4,000 and beyond until I saw those SEM pictures. Such DOGMA.
I put all the stones away, shifted to simple silicon carbide papers up to 1,500 grit (3 microns)
and never looked back.