As my knife roll has expanded significantly recently, I've been thinking a lot more about sharpening and want am hoping for some advice.
Right now I have the following in my roll or rotating into it:
Mac Pro Gyuto
Richmond Addict V2
Victorinox Chef's knife
Tojiro DP Nakiri
Tojiro ITK Petty
Misono Swedish Hankotsu
Victorinox Stiff Boning Knife
Vintage Sabatier Lion Cleaver
Tojiro ITK Serrated
Idahone Fine 12"
A yet to be determined Sujihiki is destined for the roll at some point soon too.
I've been using an EP with Chosera stones to keep my blades sharp, but with the recent acquisition of some asymmetrical bevels, I've found the EP cumbersome and inconsistent. I've been thinking about switching back to freehand sharpening. As of right now, my skills need improving, but practice should get me there. Currently, the only stone I have is the Bester 1.2k. I figure two more stones to round out the set. Right now I am considering the Beston 500 and the Suehiro Rika 5000 or the Arashiyama 6000. For the money are there better options and should I stick with the Bester 1.2k? Should I consider adding any strops to this setup, if so what?
Alternatively, if someone has a good technique for switching angles or sharpening asymemtrical/single edge bevels with the EP I'm all ears.
My other question involves maintenance at work. I know many people strop at home, but that seems like a less feasible because it seems to take more space and time. Is the HandAmerican Borosilicate rod going to be more useful than the Idahone fine for my roll? Also, what about keeping a stone around just in case. A quick to use stone seems like it would be a good idea for this. Is it worth while?
Edited by vas38 - 2/17/12 at 12:16pm