I've been reading this forum for a while now and found it immensely useful. Over the next few months I'm looking to upgrade my cutlery. I want to start with sharpening stones (most likely i'll go with the Edge Pro, probably with the Chosera stones from CKtG. I suppose a case could be made that the Chosera stones are overkill, but the set isn't that much more expensive than the set with Edge Pro stones, and I expect with the 'training wheels' of the Edge Pro to get competent pretty quickly. Feel free to chide me for gadget overkill, but i am pretty shameless about my infatuation for gadgets (as long as they work).
The big question I have before I pull the trigger on a sharpening kit: will sharpening 'bad' knives damage good stones in any way? What can go wrong?
most of my current knives are cheap stainless, my current main knife is a cheap Chinese cleaver (definitely NOT comparable to a CCK). I plan to replace these knives fairly quickly, but budget-wise it'd be a month or two after buying the EP before i could get a good main knife, and i'd have to cook with something. besides, that, my thinking is that i can use my cheap, soft knives to play around with different bevels, etc. a sharpening lab.
I live in Thailand and the knife guy in my old neighborhood did a pretty decent job sharpening my knives, but I l don't want to go all the way back there (through Bangkok traffic) and i like to do things myself where possible (for a while I even obsessively ironed my own clothes, now I've settled down into nagging the laundry shop when they make a mistake).