Before I buy anything I'm trying to envision the entire sharpening process and figure out what all is needed.
I didn't see this all pulled together on any previous posts so I thought it might be helpful to others down the road too.
Freehand you need your sharpening stones.
In my case I'm planning on the Edge Pro and stones. With that it looks like you should also get a drill stop collar and angle cube to account for your stones wearing differently over time and thus ending up with various thicknesses, which in turn affects your sharpening angles.
I'm assuming if you have fine enough grit stones they replace the need for polishing tapes? They are just two different ways to do the same thing? I'm also reading about leather strops but not sure how they fit in or if they are needed. It sounds like they are like polishing tapes? So a third way to do the same thing.
Is just a steel like the ceramic idahone enough to deburr? I see some previous posts talking about cork too? Is there a reason to use one thing in one case and another in a different case? I plan to have a 12" idahone so I'm hoping I don't need cork too.
After time goes buy and the stones have dips and need flattening it looks like you either need drywall screen or a diamond plate DMT 8XX or something to fatten it. I saw further references to lapping stones? Is that something you use on your stone after you flattened it to take out the roughness from the diamond plate? Sort of like using a polishing stone after you sharpened on more course stone? Is it necessary to buy one and if so what one?
It also sounds like you need to make sure to do the flattening on a flat surface like a piece of glass or reference granite. Is there a good, reasonable priced place to get the piece of granite? Do you just get a piece of tile from the hardware store?
It definitely doesn't seem like just the sharpening system and stones is all you need.
I appreciate the help with putting together my sharpening "kit" and correcting my misunderstandings.