As I mentioned in another discussion here, I recently bought a used Zero Tolerance 0801 folder, which is made with Elmax steel. This is one of the powdered steels, which is supposed to take/hold a keen edge, and polish, in the right hands.
The knife overall is in good condition, with what I would classify as the usual pocket wear. The body and blade hardly show any use, with just the pocket clip really showing its age. I'll either replace it, or simply satin finish it later.
The edge had a slight polished look to it, though the edge had very little 'edge'. It actually looked like the prior owner tried for a convex edge, or at a minimum free-handed the edge.
When I started sharpening, I knew I was going to have to fix the bevel before I could begin any progression up through finer stones. As you might imagine, this process (removing consistent amounts of metal) can take the longest time. Basically flipping side-to-side, working with my 100 grit diamond (KME Gold) until I got a consistent burr from Tip-to-Heal. This process took over an hour, but them I was able to step through the stones at a reasonable pace. Full disclosure, I did start yesterday, spent a few hours, and then fussed with a few different strops this morning.
The result was far better than where I started. I am going to see how this edge holds up. I can fuss with it over time, refining the angle for something more utilitarian, and then work on the 'perfect-ish' polish. For now, it will shave 2-day-old beard quite nicely.
Thanks for looking.