I tend to go through my grits and finish on a black/translucent arkansas stone before stropping. Knowing how sharp an edge is tends to come with practise, but it’s good to go, as long as there’s no light reflected from the intended edge and it’s capable of grabbing the skin on the tip of my thumb when I check across the edge.
Always ensure you’ve removed the burr froma freshly whetted edge.
Working with and trusting the manner with which the finer grits enhance an edge is a major part to successful sharpening.
I sharpen freehand and primarily with DMT and EzeLap diamond plates using coarse, medium, fine and extra fine grades.