For most of my sharpening, it is just a few minutes on the 4000 and 8000 stones. If a blade has gone too long without sharpening, then maybe down to the 800 or 1000. If there is a bad nick or a blade that needs a lot of sharpening, then I will switch to a long strip of abrasive or a powered abrasive.
Originally Posted by dan sherman
Because of the extra work involved with getting to the lower grits, my habit is to sharpen a little often.
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