Well first i start with a reasonably standard sharpening stone, then i move to a smoother stone, then ceramic. Not satisfied with this before i've moved on to using wads of silk but that wasn't enough so i gathered some spider webs and used that, almost happy with this i then hold it up to the wind and allow it to really put an edge on. Finally to give it a polish and that one last touch of sharp i subject it to moonlight.
i test on free hanging paper,if that cuts with no problems im happy.
Terry Pratchett, when Death wasn't Death for a while and he made himself a new scythe. Can't remember which Discworld novel it was though...
Shaving sharp does me <snip> ............<snip> I find it easy to maintain with a ceramic rod.
On topic .... im makeing my own knives atm and shaveing sharp is a must for all of them lets face it with a new knife its the first thing you try that or papper shredding
i woudnt want less than that on an out of the box knife (its got to the point where i have to use a leg now made a lot of knives in the last few months lol).
not exactly shure why ppl are saying "shaveing sharp will do me " what the heck comes after that ?
i made 2 skiners the other day with a 17degree micro bevel ON a full flat grind in 30 mm o1 some one would have to do some maths to accertain all the angles im sure lol, put it this way i have cut myself without noticing and have to go wash to see where and now im a bit scared to handle them (i can get a wire edge on them atm with just a strop...think about that for a sec ) prob buckle if i tried to cut wood ofc but thats not what they wer designed for i never take just one knife with me so the basic answer would be very sharp and dam sharp lol.
off topic ...pratchet rocks got about 12 atm i love dem witches )