Though this question gets asked frequently, I'm am nevertheless going to request the help of the forum members on sharpening stone recommendations, since the array of choices and answers is dizzying, I've already poured over many threads, and I wonder if my particular situation will affect the recommendations.
Mac Pro MBK-95
Mac Pro PFK-60
Context: I don't use my knives that often. Maybe a few times a month. However, I enjoy knowing that I'm using quality pieces when I do cook. I also derive satisfaction from doing things the right way and knowing my purchase is well-informed, recommended, and highly rated, even if I don't end up using it all the time.
I'd like to be able to sharpen my knives so they're as sharp as possible (or at least very sharp without having to be an expert at sharpening) - the PFK-60 is now pretty dull. I have zero experience with sharpening, but it seems from my reading that learning to use stones will give superior results than a machine. So I think it would be fun to learn if it's not too hard. If something can give me 90% the results but is much easier to learn and use, I'd probably go for that, but if it would only give 50% the results, I'm willing to spend a little more time to get the better results. Hopefully that makes sense.
Budget: I'm not too concerned with budget but I don't want to spend too much for diminishing returns.
Given this context, should I try to learn sharpening technique with stones, and if so, what would be a recommended setup, including everything I'd need?
Thanks for any and all input!!