I have been sharpening knives via stone for over 45 years and will try something new to get my knives to the next level. I have a work sharp knife sharpener to help this clumsy fool when I am not doing good with knives on sharpening stone. I played with stropping last weekend for the first and it takes edges to the next level. I have came close to this via stone but Stropping takes my sharpening to new level. I found out the hard way of course and how else will I learn. No worries-still have my finger but just an extra precaution. I am purchasing Kevlar body suit with I try this on my axes. Have a good week!!!