i would say concentrate more on a microbevel rather than worrying about stropping but with VG-10 it sounds a lot more like a wire edge.
something similar happened to me like 8 months ago. i found that my edge was not as sharp as i wanted and it would deplete very quickly. after i found the wire edge and how to remove it, my sharpening got 10x better and i started to understand what i was really looking for with my edge quality. from there i found the tricks to be able to keep my edge for extended periods of time.
its all part of the process of learning to sharpen correctly. my first 3-4 months was just learning muscle memories for the actions needed for sharpening. after that was tweaking and learning due to the desire to get a perfect edge. the drive to get better and to get a perfect edge is what brings us all here