I can't fault your logic. It's impeccable. I totally agree with that. That is why I decided to give this a try originally. This machine is designed to actually hone as well as strop. Which meant that potentially, it might work on stainless blades, since everyone knows that stropping is useless when used on stainless blades. According to the instruction sheet that came with this device, It both hones and strops. If it does either, it does it in a way that I've never seen any other DE stropping tool do. I've inspected the edges of stainless and carbon blades that I've honed or stropped (however you choose to interpret the machine's instructions) to destruction (in one sitting, 50-100 strokes) and it does remove metal over time. It regrinds the bevel, or rather, shaves the metal down until a new bevel is formed. Whether or not I can get a month's worth of shaves or a year's worth as the manufacturer's claimed...I don't know yet. Does it work on stainless blades? According to my friend, it does. He has no reason to lie to me. I've gotten at least 6 days of good shaves from a carbon blade out of this thing, when before I couldn't get one pass from a carbon blade. This is an ongoing experiment for my own curiosity that I thought would be fun to share with the forum, it is also a record that others can look at and read before deciding for themselves whether or not they want to try it for themselves. I've got another one of these coming in the mail in the next week or so. If you want, Greg, I'll send it on to you to try for a while. When you've finished with it, mail it back to me. Just PM me your address.