So I can only say fr. my experience that acidic foods do not dull carbon blades.I always washed & dried my knives at end of shift.I cannot help myself to defend carbon,so I am not picking on my buddy fr. Baton Rouge.I have a tendency to over react.I do believe that,who ever started this acidic,carbon,dull thing,never has cut large quantities of acidic foods in a production kitchen or either had a very crappy carbon blade.
even just the slightest patina on the edge can cause the sharpness to degrade or deteriorate. thus dulling the blade. using a carbon blade with acidic food is the quickest way i know of to cause this. if you are not very very careful this will happen. to the OP, have you considered starting at a lower grit stone maybe?
You'll just have to figure out how to finesse it; the EP and stainless both have tendency to leave a wire or burr. You will know when you hit the sweet spot as the Ginga should hold a nice edge for quite a bit of use.
once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right
Not my experience at all,never thought about edge degrading,using only carbons for over 25 years 15 yrs. in Gardemanger cutting as much as 50# of tomato's,up to 5 cases of pineapple,half box of lemons in one day.I took care of my carbons because they performed so well.
I have read persons saying stainless works better in a kitchen because carbon degrades in a wet corrosive,acidic enviroment.A bunch of dribble in my experience.Carbon works best when it is being used over many hours of time day after day.It rusts when it is not being used & stored correctly.I often used a damp towel on my board to wipe my blade on.
Lemons are pretty acidic,give or take 100 in a case.Including end cuts,core around 10 cuts for 8 wedges,So say a 1000 cuts for 1 case.I will take my Sakai white steel special thin.A deadly lemon wedge cutter,even goes through seeds like a hot knife thru butter.Challangers can use the stainless knife of their choice.If the acid degrade guys are right,I will lose big time,heck my sakai is so thin it might dissolve!I don't think so though cus I know how fast I can go thru a case of lemons wt. the Carbon.