Realizing this is an old thread, maybe this will still help someone who happens along.
Unless your edge is nicked or rolled, you should only need to strop it with leather to bring the cutting edge back. You can get a barber’s strop on Amazon for around $10-12, which is what I use, or a block-mounted strop if you don’t care about the convex edge option (convex is stronger, however). I recommend using a general purpose (yellow) stropping compound, also in the same price range on Amazon.
If I have to reprofile an edge, and am at home, I use a course Smith’s diamond block to take out the nicks or reform any chipped points. I’ll then use a Japanese water stone – 1000 grit followed by 6000 grit. LIGHTLY draw the edge across a ceramic or Arkansas stone, and then strop. That should give the edge a mirror polish when you’re done, and it should cut standing paper (fold in half) so long as you’ve kept your angles consistent.
If I’m on the road or in the field, I use three grits of diamond, coarse-fine, ceramic, and leather strop, in that order. Should shave with ease. For this I use a Smith’s diamond sharpener and a Worksharp field sharpener. The latter has a finer diamond that that of the Smith’s, so it’s my third pass. It also has a ceramic rod, 20 degree bevel guides (although I usually go a bit shallower), and a leather strip. The Smith’s is $20 and the Worksharp is about $35, both at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
If all else fails, send your blade to me because I’ve sharpened everything in my house…LOL.
Hope that helps.