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@Darth Scandalous, it has lasted THIS long. Now I've changed. I find I'm trying to squeeze a tad more out of my already-established edges. Just recently, instead of taking a blade that was past the "strop and shave" phase to a full progression, I honed on water on my base stone, for about 1/2 hour. It gave me a back-to-shave-ready, great edge. That's the good news. Now that I know this (or discovered how to do it correctly), I'll be touching-up all my edges this way. I learned on water only, SOME pressure has to be applied. In the past I've been doing "on water only" last phases with 'weight of the blade' pressure only. When I discovered to take more time and apply more pressure (still less pressure than any Nagura progression) doors have been opened for me.Let me know how long that lasts. Although I think you said you have a reference blade from your mentor, so at least you kind of know what is possible.
I'm always trying to get my edges juuuuuust a little better. Sometimes it works out, sometimes not. Always a learning experience, though, and overall, they are improving. Sometimes the stars align and you hit one out of the park without quite knowing why.