I seem to rarely need to sharpen a knife these days, i have a decent quantity of users and lots inbetween, typically with RWL34 blades and a quick strop sometimes after use, is normally enough to sharpen for me. I generally prefer to have my knives say medium sharp, they will slice paper without problem, but will not be shaving sharp. Having a broad taste in knives from Bowies, to survival knives to slipjoints, i handle a lot of different styles and its much easier to switch off for a second and cut yourself.
Examples, i bought my first custom dagger a few years ago, a Neels Roos one and i managed to slice my thumb open running it along the spine (yes i know there isnt one) when distracted on the telephone. My first custom slipjoint opened my hand to the bone when struggling to open it.
My first attempt at stripping down maintaining and realigning a linerlock, left an L shaped scar on my finger.
Yes you get the picture im a clumsy sod at times so i shouldnt have sharp things.
Recently ive taken to removing my knives from their sheaths and lightly oiling them, then wrapping them seperately in dust cloths with their sheaths for storage. The tips of fighters have now drawn blood, if they've been poking through the cloths and i havent noticed. I could go on, but will stop at this as i dont want to prove myself to be full retard.
Years ago, i used to regularly hear about Longstrider putting a razor edge + on knives. I would whince at that a little. Now i get that you need that sort of edge for competition cutting and say wood cutting / whittling. I rarely do either, my knives are mainly for hunting and fondling and you dont need a razor edge for either, in my opinion.
Am i a special needs knife nut, that prefers a 'medium' sharp edge, rather than every knife being 'dangerously' razor sharp..... at least for me I suppose
Do your knives need to be able to whittle hair or, is 'medium' sharp good for you. How does your edge matter?