do you strop??I use two grades of oilstones for repair, Spyderco 204 Sharpmaker with Ultrafine stones for touchup, and a polished steel (actually a Razor Edge Systems MouseTrap) for setting the edge. In practice, the stones are rarely used except when knives are made or people send me damaged knives for sharpening. I get sent all the family's knives in a bad state, including Sabatiers that have been battoned with a cleaver, Chinese choppers (fine edged vegetable slicers) that are sharper on the spine than the edge and steak knives corroded and snapped in half.
coarse.I bought one,thinking it was coarse to find it was smoother than a baby's bottom and has no effect on my knife when i use it.Depends on whether it is a coarse stone or a fine one.