Rolf that sounds cool!
Tony I have a forged tall petty from Japan in white paper #1 and is gets insanely sharp, it is pretty crazy just how sharp it gets. I use a 6000 grit waterstone to finish the edge. It will easily cut a piece of lightly draped phone book paper at the opposite end from where I hold it which is the ultimate test of edge sharpness in my opinion. That sort of edge will cut the letters off of newsprint without cutting through the paper.
52100 and AEB-L will also get crazy sharp along with Aldo's 1084 and most W2. Each one of those steels is known for having a very fine grain structure with little alloying.
I lean to the finer grained steels as I'd rather have an edge that is not prone to chipping like something with more carbide structure... but on the other hand have had tremendous results with D2 and other steels that set up with large carbide formations. Heat treat is key...
I finally took a day off, my first day off since Christmas! We have been getting hammered by the snow back here and I spent the last few evenings shoveling... got my 4runner stuck in the driveway for 2 days but finally dug it out! It's pretty crazy snow load wise, I'm starting to worry about the snow on one side of the shop knocking it over and am going to dig it out next. We drove to Durango, lol no snow in town!
Everyone have a great evening!