I use a strop, but I must be cheap, lazy or both. I went to a craft outlet and bought a "sheet" of leather. Its about the same size as a piece of paper. I lay it on my glass plate and strop my tools with it like that...just like its a piece of sandpaper.
Incidentally, I use green rouge "as my rough polish", then use white rouge for my final pass. This is what we do at work when we polish the stainless steel. The green rough really takes out fine scratches and the white rouge...well there isn't much you can do with the scratches at that point, but start sanding from the beginning.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"