Yah, so I've been practising on the 204 Sharpmaker, and I can get an edge sharp enough to shave on both sides of the blade (but only in the flat part, still working on the curve and tip).
With this edge, I can slice through cardboard easily, for about 6-7 6" lengths by pushing straight down in the same spot. after the 6-7 the next 5 or so become tough, and I have to put more force into it, then by about 10-15 it becomes so hard the cardboard will compress, but not cut.
Then, all I need to do is about 10 strokes on each side, on my jeans, and it's just as sharp as when I started.
Is this because: 1) I have a wire edge which I'm straightening out with my jeans? 2) I'm actually dulling the knife and re-sharpening it on my jeans? 3) Other?
BTW: this is ats-34 steel on the wegner jr, and the edge may not be perfectly centered, because I did a lot more work on one side to develop a burr at the beginning.