I use DMT diamond stones for all my knife sharpening. For removing metal quickly, I use the black 60 micron surface. I only do this infrequently, on well-used blades that need to have their shoulder edge cut back, or on badly damaged blades.
As described in detail on my separate page on knife sharpening, using any particular grit-sized sharpening stone, I work the blade until I detect the turning of the edge. Once that happens, I move onto the finer stones, to polish the sharpened edge and put an even finer edge on the blade.
Precisely, that means using the blue 45 micron, then the red 25 micron DMT stones. For the hunting knives, that is where I stop. The hunting knives get some rough usage, encountering bone and cutting sometimes gritty animal hide. I carry a short diamond steel in my backpack so that I can quickly restore an edge while field butchering.
With my kitchen butchering knives, that do the trimming and slicing of the venison once I get it home, I go further. I have a natural, fine-grained Arkansas stone that I use to put a fine polish on my kitchen knives. That, combined with the use of a smooth steel, means I can keep the fine edge nice and sharp for taking off the outer muscle membranes.
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