I finally got around to making a strop. If you haven't added this last step to your sharpening process, I definitely recommend it. I could easily shave arm hair before. The difference is the same as changing out your shaving blade for a new one. Where it had started to pull hair a bit as the blade wore, a new blade glides with no resistance and leaves a baby smooth surface. For woodworking this means a cleaner cut for longer periods and when that blade does start acting a bit dull, just strop it. With the strop you can go much longer in between actual sharpening sessions.
The upgrade is extremely easy. I took a piece of good quality plywood and glued two pieces from an old belt onto the surface. In this case I used Power Grab by Loctite,
which is a favorite "construction" adhesive of mine. I like it because it cleans up with warm soapy water and doesn't have the horrible off gassing that many other construction adhesive create.
I used a J - roller to makes sure the leather was solidly affixed to the plywood with no voids and as flat as possible. A bar of jeweler's rouge and you're done.
You will be able to create a beautiful mirror surface and as you've been taught, a sharp edge is the junction between two dead flat surfaces. So, the fewer scratches in the surface the more likely you will achieve a good edge. This was easiest upgrade I've done yet. If you haven't already, go do it now. Totally worth the small amount of time.