I may have missed it but I can't stress the use of a leather strop enough. I use to keep mine in the basement with my sharpening equipment but now it hangs along side of my steel in the kitchen. The strop is homemade and loaded with green rough, this is glued to a board 2 inches wide by 12 inches long and is made from an old leather belt. There are better ones for purchase out there and someday I plan on getting one but this seems to do a very good job. After hitting the knife with a steel I run it over the strop a few times. Basically it polishes the fine burrs left by the steel and makes a huge difference on ease of slicing.
Let us have a drink and by God lets us not think about the things we ain't never going to know about.