So I've got the KME system and I know that they sell different kits you can use for a mirror edge (kangaroo strops + diamond emulsion, lapping films) but I wanted to see if I could make something that worked myself since I'm comfortable fashioning strops and their kits are a bit overpriced, imo. Aluminum strips cut to size + cowhide + diamond compound = has potential, no? So I made my strops and gathered 1500, 3000, 6000, 14000, and 100000 grit compounds. I get a cloudy edge that reflects light, at best. This makes no sense to me based on the grits of compound I have. This is after literally like 6 hours on AUS 8, which is super soft and easy to polish (in theory?!?!). I know how to mirror polish. I started all the way at 140 grit, and gradually worked my way up to 1500 on stones. I made sure scratch patterns were aligned. All that jazz. But for some reason, as soon as I start using the strops, polishing progress slows by like literally 95%. I'm at my witts end and am sick of trying to reinvent the wheel, but for the life of me I cant understand why this setup isnt working. I have tried almost literally everything, including but not limited to... Restarting the process at 600 grit to realign scratches Restarting the process at 140 grit to realign scratches Using the rough side of the leather Using the soft side of the leather Using "too much" compound Using "too little" compound Using "a normal amount" of compound Using compound immediately after applying Using compound after letting it dry Heating up the compound with a hair dryer Adding oil to the compound Using a ton of pressure Using moderate pressure Using barely any pressure Spending upwards of a half hour on each progression Using parallel strokes Using perpendicular strokes Using exclusively "away from the edge" strokes for the entire process ...and probably more I'm forgetting. Every time, as soon as I get off the KME diamond hones after 1500 grit, progress comes to a screeching halt. Thoughts?