If possible, meet Kepis! he makes beautiful spoons and must have alot of experience keeping his crook knives sharp! Nothing beats a hands on lesson how to do something, but untill then don't try any quick fixes. Go slow with 600 grit as it will work given the right technique and patience! I've been using my Ben Orford medium crook knife today and stropped it every 10 minutes or so to keep it properly sharp, but I have only sharpened it once since new and I've had it about 6 months! stropping is your best friend, sand paper is your acquaintance!
Bens videos are the best I've seen, they really are good tutorials but if it isn't working for you (and lets assume the knfie is not deffective or hardened too high) then as many pictures or even a video of your own would help us find the problem. Another way to sort it without the dreaded 280 grit, is to send it back to Ben so he can sharpen it for you. I'm sure he can offer you a reasonable charge to get it razor sharp again. Then you can follow the stropping rule untill it needs a light hone.
To make a strop is simple, you can use anything to put stropping paste on (I use autosol on a leather belt, pinned to a block of wood)and even card will work and is easily rolled to strop the inside of the blade. Then yo repeat the stropping as and when needed. I find every 10 minutes or so a quick strop keeps it a good blade in working order.
Beware beware of the badgers lair!