I am one of those few who had problem sharpening VG10 (Spyderco's version). Primarily because I couldn't get it apexed and burr free at same time. Some tips from experts over BF, I have since overcome that, and as a result, my technique and understanding improved.
I think 8Cr (Spyderco/Byrd) is easier to sharpen and maintain than VG10.
H1 PE is very easy (as per JD), and gets even sharper (with high polish) than 8Cr.
To the other extreme, ZDP is easy too (but needs Diamond), as it tend to burr very minimal and easy to clean up.
I think the difficulty in sharpening is divided into:
- How easy to abrade material
- How easy to deburr
One has no correlation to the other.
Another factor is whether someone enjoy
the process of sharpening. I do
To OP, I'd suggest don't give up, perservere, ask questions (or visit BF Maintenance subforum, lots of good tips there).