Clearly I can't help tinkering... I wasn't satisfied with the edge restored using the Micro-Fine stones and 15um CBN and Balsa strops after cutting all that cardboard; it just wasn't sharp enough for me. I decided to go a different route and picked up my 400#/600# diamond stones and sharpened it with those. Immediately there was huge improvement. My stones are extremely well worn in so even at 600# the edge is very refined. I jumped from there to the Super Fine Ceramic stones which really cleaned it up and then on to the 14/10 Diamond and Leather Strops and then for the heck of it, .75um CBN on Balsa strops. Now the blade is extremely sharp! Here is a picture of the edge:
I like this image because you can see the old scratches as well as the tiny ones from the strops.
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