sorry for delay but i was out of office.
I read on another forums that Roman Landes said at ASHOKAN that he has found that sharpening a knife on a dry stone can induce unwanted tempering and lowering of the hardness in the vicinity of the edge and more so with abrasive belts.
Yes that is true.
Grinding generates energy (heat) and every step of sharpening is grinding even the strop.
This heat can be sucked away by the right coolant such as water.
If the grinding action lacks the coolant, the heat goes mostly into the torn out part and the body (blade/edge) it was torn off.
It becomes obvious to see the induced energy when you see the sparks fly (Burning steel!!).
Depending on how hard you go over the piece the more energy is induced the hotter it gets, thats basic physics.
Than the guys come and say but I can do it so sensitive that the edge will not suffer and I'm dipping the blade each run into cold water....
Well that is a nice effort, but when it comes down to the very edge this tiny fraction is overheated faster, than the eye can see or the wrinkled fingers can feel.
Unfortunately the edge becomes thinner the close you come to the very edge/point means generated heat will get jammed in the tip.
In addition to that tempering colors that would visually proof this are ground away immediately when they appear.
and Stainless steels need a higher temperature to generate tempering colors and longer time to build them up.
Nevertheless one can do metallurgical examination that can proof the issue testing micro hardness
There are some old german study's that examined this issue in the very detail.
Over engineered is a "German" attitude and makes rockets fly...