Speaking from my own experience: One of my first "wow" moments in sharpening was when I microbeveled for the first time. I think in my case, what it actually did for me was to form a burr more fully. Because I raised the angle, I touched more of the cutting edge, more consistently and formed a nice burr. Later, after I developed a little more skill and experience, I was having trouble with burr removal and tried the double angle technique, which worked really well for me. I had stopped using microbevels several years before that. But after seeing how effective the raised angle was for removing burrs, I wondered the same thing. Is microbeveling mostly about forced burr removal? I think microbeveling does different things for different people, and it's very possible that one of those things is good burr removal. Brian.