Hey folks! Until recently, I only used a flat stone and a strop to do my sharpening. I have a blade with a big recurve, and as you know, they can be a bit tricky to sharpen on a bench stone. I ended up grabbing a cheap ceramic rod to try it on. The results were crazy. I was able to get my big BK4 with that wicked recurve sharp enough to dry shave with a couple passes on the ceramic rod and a quick strop. It was so handy that I started using it on many of my other knives as well, with great results. I had no idea that I was missing out by ignoring ceramic rods in the past. Anyone else use ceramic rods as a main component of your maintenance routine? I think a ceramic rod and a strop will take care of me 99% of the time. Also, if you ever have frustration with recurves, drop what you are doing and go buy a ceramic rod.