So I have a couple of pocket knives that have all gone dull. The three of them all use different steal as well (S35VN, S110V and VG-10). I decided I want to try sharpening on stones and so I was thinking of just buying an Atoma #1200 diamond plate for job. From what I have seen a normal stone won't shave off S110V. Then Next I was wondering about a leather strop. I hear about how you do not need compound, and that compound needs to be reapplied. Also I have seen certain leathers to be advertised as better for no compound than others. The way I see it is that if I am going to learn how to sharpen on a stone/plate I might as well continue to practice on a leather strop, not to mention better sharpness. So does the type of metal matter for stropping? Will I need compound for the S110V, also what kind of upkeep is there with strops with or without compound. Sorry for the multiple questions. I didn't see a stickied post here about any of this but if there is info already available feel free to link it instead of answering directly.