In brief, I somewhat recently upgraded from a E4 FFG VG-10 to a Sage 5 S30V for my EDC. Partially because I had the same EDC for almost a decade and partially because I wanted the increased performance of S30V. While over all I'm very happy with the Sage 5 my experience with the S30V have not shown it to perform significantly better than the VG-10. My application is fairly light duty mostly being mail and package opening where I am careful to avoid slicing the cardboard and opening by the tape seams most of the time. Additionally I like to keep a hair shaving sharp edge on my blades- not necessarily hair POPPING but it must shave or I'm not satisfied. As such my VG-10 required FREQUENT touch ups. While the S30V does seem to hold a working edge very well that shaving edge is lost about as quickly as VG-10 did and this echos my earlier experience with an S30V Native from walmart years ago. My sharpening routine is very simple and well practiced. I just use a sharpmaker with the 20 DPS slots on medium until it shaves a little then I put the fine stones in the 30DPS and do 5-10 LIGHT passes to debur and put a slight microbevel on the edge. This is prefaced by reprofiling to match the sharpmaker angles the first time the blade is sharpened- if necessary. Are my expectations of Spydie's S30V unrealistic? Is there something I am missing in my technique? Is there a better finishing grit (either coarser or finer) that I should be doing? Going to add stropping with diamond paste on leather once my paste arrives, probably 1micron but could do 0.5 or 3.5 micron as well.