You can do the same thing with a barber’s strop, which is a heavy leather strap, sometimes with canvas on one side, that practitioners of the tonsorial arts use to keep their straight razors sharp. A good strop is expensive, and requires considerable skill to use, so I’ll stick with the crock sticks. The other alternative, if you have a grinding wheel, is a muslin polishing wheel. However, polishing the blade on a power tool is dangerous in the extreme, since the wheel can grab the blade and fling it into your leg or stomach or foot. George Herron, who is now in the Knifemakers’ Guild Hall of Fame, told me there were some mornings when he had to polish, and got a queasy feeling in his stomach, and did something else instead.