Question on thinning and sharpening steps
Not wanting to take anything away from the drama and amusement of the sturm und drang in the current thread on thinning and sharpening I thought I'd ask this in a new thread.
My regular sharpening and thinning process of my double bevel knives with my basic set-up of 3 stones consist of:
1. Sharpening the edge. Most often with a Bester 1200. If there are microchips to repair then I'd use a Beston 400 first, followed by the Bester 1200.
2. Thinning above the edge. Again with the Bester 1200. I thin every time I sharpen even if it's just a little bit.
3. Sharpening (more like touching up) the edge. With the Bester 1200.
4. Finishing up with a Suehiro Rika 5000 on the thinned (scratched) part and then the edge. This also includes lightly freshening up the microbevel I have put on the right/front edge.
5. On the rare occasion I'd follow up by 'polishing' with sandpaper to 800 grit. I have been thinking about getting a finer finishing stone but so far I've chosen to spend my money on knives instead. One day I will . . .
So, basically this but sometimes back and forth a couple of times between sharpening and thinning when I notice some spots I'm not satisfied with.
Am I doing this correctly in terms of the step by step? Suggestions and instructions are very welcomed. Thanks!