This is probably an elementary question, but hey, I'm an elementary sharpener-guy. I got my first 'real' polishing stone, a Naniwa 5000x superstone. Whenever I use it I only seem to make my edges DULLER. I know that the more stones one uses in their progression, the more potential for inconsistency, edge rounding, etc, but I'm wondering how do you more experienced sharpeners really use very high-grit stones? I was using a Chosera 3000 as my last stone....results seem to be good, and it was hard enough that it still cut, so I could still create a little burr and have some kind of an idea as to what I was doing..but that stone has cracked pretty badly. I get a nice toothy edge off my Chosera 1000, but whenever I try to take it to the next level I go BACKWARDS. So, as the title suggests, how does one REALLY use a polishing stone? Is it just a few light strokes on each side and call it bueno? Does it take longer, more extensive work to really polish? Do you just use edge trailing strokes to de-burr and polish at the same time? This is getting very frustrating, since I know a 5000 grit stone has a place in my lineup, but I hate putting work into my knives at lower grits just to make their edges mediocre with the higher grit.
Also, what grit flattening stone should one use on a soft, high-grit stone like the naniwa? Rookie sharpener=gauges in soft stone=need fixing.
Any and all help would be appreciated...sort me out!