To revisit the steeling, well within the 20 months since my initial comment Benuser's many admonitions against steeling took hold and I can say with first hand experience that stopping on stones or loaded strops is far superior to steeling, especially where board work is concerned,
The beating and subsequent fatigue an edge experiences on the board really demands removal, rather than realignment, of the fatigued metal, and the point contact of rods is especially undesirable here.
For the busy pro I have recommended gluing an 8" DMT extra-extra fine diamond plate to a wood paddle, every bit as convenient as a rod but far superior in result.
Old hat is old hat, and steels and rods can follow them into the trash with benefit.
Edited by Rick Alan - 12/16/16 at 5:20pm