You could easily cut that in half
As long as you are able to replace the scratches with the last stone i am not able to see why the mid range stone should have any effect on the longevity. What you finish with is in my opinion a different story.Another question to come to mind is this:
Does including or excluding hones in the midrange have any effect on edge strength and “potential” longevity?
I really like that "How we all get there is not so important, but doing that well is..." this is sage wisdom right here.Yes, that is the key. How we all get there is not so important, but doing that well is what gives a really nice edge. They show up later if you do t take them out properly.