So I want to get deeper into flattening and, as needed, thinning the primary grinds of my knives. I did some experimenting on Dexter Russell vegetable cleaver with so-so results. I don't have water stones so on that one I first ran it over a Fine India stone. Yes, it scratched it all up. But I used 600 grit sandpaper wrapped around a 2"x8" Arkansas stone to help smooth things out. But, it was of course still pretty scratched. For that dabble the functioning part was good, it just looked pretty haggard. I decided I wanted to work on my budget friendly and several years old Wusthof Gourmet 8" Chef's knife. This time I start with the 600 grit paper. Obviously this greatly reduced the deep scratches but certainly left the finished scratchy and uneven. It's pretty remarkable how inconsistent the blade grind is when you do this so my thought was to start with the 600 so it would be aggressive enough to remove material but maybe not be as harsh as the India. I want to spread this out over time and will need a few more sessions to get the blade just even let alone do any real thinning. While I'm not overly concerned about aesthetics, I'd also like the finished product to look semi-decent. A matte finish would be fine by me. I'm thinking that after getting it flat maybe bump to 1k+...? I would also like to start exploring this on a Manix 2 and Dragonfly 2. Thoughts? Wondering about the use of the paper wet or with oil? Different approaches?