Yes, try a shallower angle and thin at least the lower third of the blade.
I'm guessing that the original bevels (thinning bevels) were lost by using the EP? My Kagero had very easy to feel thinning bevels--just put the knife
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Shipping can start to add up though...
Thank you. Like I said in my message I have to withdraw, my better half doesn't want a rehandle on her knife