I sharpen about 50 knives a week, on average, and I found one trick that yields a really good, polished edge on all steels, even my Starmate. After restablishing the bevel, usually on a belt sander, I hone the blade further on either the 204 or some version of the Crock Sticks. Once the edge is sharp enough to cut paper, I polish it on a steel, in this case, a Henckels 9" steel that we have on sale for $9.99. The steel puts a very polished edge on the knife, and in using the paper test a second time, I find it routinely allows the knive to cut paper much smoother. You can feel how much less drag there is on that paper. For the first three or four months I owned my Starmate, all I did was buff the edge on that steel, and within 10 or 15 strokes it was back to a really sharp, polished edge. If you haven't tried this, give it a shot. You may be pleasantly suprised.
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