Note: I'm not an expert on steels or knives - but I play one when I'm alone. I'm likely to say something that will make the kniferati seeth and show disdain.
Well... I have a nice Gerber steel that I bought a billion years ago that is just excellent for me (I'm not a knife guy - but I like sharp knife blades). It works either way - edge first or spine first. My kitchen steel is similar. There are some rough edges on the kitchen steel (happens after a few years in my house) and spine first is less likely to snag a greeble on the steel.
The problem is, I don't have a 'good enough' steel to even try to work a razor. Razors have delicate edges and my steels have all been to hell and back. They will maintain an 'arm hair shave' on any of my knives but I wouldn't want to shave from them. However, I can imagine using a polished steel base with a compound on it and getting results. Someone used marble with CrO2 on it the other day. No reason something like that wouldn't work.
Last edited by ladykate; 07-02-2012 at 06:49 AM.
Inventor of the world's first safety vibrating Kamisori with night light. Go to http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/299465-A-milder-Kamisori: Inventor of the Weckisori - (thanks sychodelix)