I can get them pretty sharp but never "shaving sharp".
I just recently acquired some stones, did a bit of reading and started sharpening some knives. I'm starting with some of our kitchen knives. Of the five or six I've sharpened, only one will shave my arm. But I now know I can do it, but it's a matter of developing technique and consistency.
Personally, I think if it will shave you, it's good 'nuf. Polishing is aesthetically pleasing and probably contributes to a slightly sharper and longer lasting edge, but if it will shave you, I don't think you or the BG will know if it's polished or not.