These "compounds" you are using seem to be the biggest problem. The type of abrasive compound or abrasive in general must be properly selected to the task, but also of great importance is the quality of the abrasive/compound. I have used a lot of "compounds" in my day and the quality is NOT equal, some have legendary status, while others just contaminate your medium. Even when I polished edges for customers I only ever used a single strop coated in 1 Micron diamond abrasive. It has usually be some sort of high quality horse or kangaroo leather but I do like a nice dense balsa wood as a more rigid medium. When you Polish an edge you let the stones do the work and you "enhance" the edge with the strop. Truthfully, that's all strops are, enhancement tools, a fixer of your mistakes... When you try and use the strop and compound outside the realm of what actually works then you run into problems. I could use two stones, a 1 micron strop and produce about the best mirror edge anyone could ask for on AUS8... The correct abrasive, in the correct sequence, used with a bit of knowledge will get you much further than doing what has proven to not work in the past.