Good information and methods all round. Once I properly sharpen my iron and chisels, flatten the back, I just never let them get dull. It only takes a few strokes on a medium then fine diamond "stone" to bring the edge back to perfect every few uses, plus a few flat strokes to deburr the edge. If can I shave off arm hair, they're ready to use. It helps that I paid the price of really good quality planes and chisels. I occasionally polish with a leather strop attached to a block of wood with that green stuff. In college I worked selling jewelry for awhile, and we used Jeweler's rouge to polish gold and silver jewelry, really made the stuff shine with any scratching--have no idea what the grit was, but it had to be ultra fine not to scratch gold.
The more I do, the less I accomplish.