I have read A LOT. I had trouble searching these forums, but have searched a lot at Fred's Cutlery. I have a decent understanding now of stones...yet...but yet, I still don't know where I should go.
Victorinox 10" Chef's (college kid, used daily not much abuse)
Victorinox 8" Slicer (used a lot for meat, I like to smoke)
*Various hunting knives for skinning and boning.
*A Dexter Russel boning knife for deer that my brother screwed up on a diamond rod sharpner
*May buy my own Dexter Russel for boning deer
Unfortunately I wish I could say I had a good amount to spend on stones and accessories but I don't. I will in the future, but I just need a start for now. I've never free hand sharpened before but I want to learn for the future. I was thinking that the Norton 220/1000 combo could hold a special spot for the hunting/butchering side with the 220 and the kitchen side with the 1000. I see some stuff about 1000 glass stones being good options.
Also, I see that whetstones require flattening where oil stones don't so much...if I'm correct. Would it be better for me to stay with oil stones of some kind to avoid flatening being more things to buy. I just need to learn how to sharpen first before I worry about my knives being super super sharp. OOTB sharp for my Victornox's is good enough for me for now.
I'll also need a base for some of the stones that don't come with anything? That also adds to the price.
Maybe Norton India Bench stones are a good idea for my first stones.
Thanks for any help,
EDIT: I have an Idahone 1200
Edited by bower4311 - 10/8/12 at 6:30am