Factory edge on these was on the order of 30 degrees on the WEPS rods. Actual angles measured to be around 24-26 on the "Cube" so I tried to keep it there for now. One more reason to suspect the steel is fairly soft. I am also very cautious about material removal so upkeep will only be the minimum necessary. I will try to do no more than hitting them with the strop or the very highest grits. Of course that will be dependent on how much damage they take. I am looking into some better knives for her as well, but since she isn't used to sharp knives and is somewhat clumsy, I'm not sure if it's a good idea. We'll see. If she still has all her fingers in a few months, better kitchen steel will be on the shopping list!