Recently bought a Spyderco in CPMS110V and I want a Custom knife in something that will really hold an edge butchering Hogs. I was not really all that impressed with the CPMS110V so I may get my custom in Elmax, Is this wise? I see almost no Fixed Blade Knives in Elmax.
Elmax will not hold an edge longer than S110V and is far less stain resistant. S110V as others have stated will work great for what you are doing with a coarser edge.
I used to go in for polished edges and having taken a Manix2 down to 15 degrees and then mirrored bevels can attest it did nothing to improve the factory edge when it came to practical cutting sure it would whittle hair but of what use is that besides making YouTube videos?
As far as I can tell the only ones who really benefit from refined edges are the wood workers.
S110V is quite finicky in sharpening and doesn't tolerate mistakes well. You have to make sure you're getting it sharp. Anderson's advice for a 400 grit edge is good. As always, make sure you're completely eliminating the burr. It should hold high sharpness FAIRLY well (some do better than others) and once it gets dull enough that it will no longer shave hair (very close to shaving but not quite), it will hold that level of sharpness for an extremely long time.