I don’t own any super hard steel. I’ve been doing the following sequence for sharpening but it is hit or miss whether the sharpness is sufficient for easy paper cutting. 1st is Coarse (when needed) DMT Bench stone, then Fine DMT, then Fine Idahone ceramic rod, but not sure what will do best for sharpness as the final step. I have been using a green compound on a cheap leather strop which I don’t how to easily clean. So big question is should I get a better quality compound or look for a Black Surgical Arkansas stone instead. I have a feeling the Arkansas may be pricey compared to the one I used to use about 40 years ago. Thanks so much for any thoughts. BTW: I don’t use any of my blades for heavy duty stuff like chopping or hacking and tend to prefer sharpness over an edge that is geared towards survival stuff.