I have this Filly which had been frustrating the hell out of me. I honed it in the following manner: 1. norton 4K to set bevel (TNT results in smooth drag), assess edge with TPT and 30x loupe. 2. Belgian Blue until the edge seems sharper with TPT and 30x loupe shows most 4k scratches have been polished out. 3. Repeat step #2 with Coticule. 4. Repeat step #3 with Chinese 12k until edge seems sharper and hair pops off it in HHT.
By the time I finished step #4, I had little doubt that this was one sharp blade. Yet it still pulled !!! So in mid shave, I gave it 20 laps on the .5 micron side pasted strop. This one little step transformed it from a major frustration to a delight! Seriously, this little Filly is now one of the smoothest, sharpest blades I have.
My question then, is where did I go wrong on the hones? Clearly I need to refine how I gauge a blade's sharpness. If I did not have the pasted paddle strop, should I have revisited the Chinese 12k? Or perhaps gone back to an even coarser hone?