I'm new to j knives and bought a few Masamoto VGs (240mm gyutou & 150mm petty) a few months back. I held off on the sharpening tools so I could splurge a little more on the knives. But the time has come that they need to be touched up. Besides the gradual dulling of the knives, a few small nicks have developed on the edge. See pic below. Are these normal? I'm quite confident I haven't hit anything hard with the edge. I am strictly using a Hi-Soft cutting board . But I know my 11 yo daughter loves to grab the gyutou and cut her fruit. Oh it slides through so easily! ....she says. :) She may be hitting something harder with the edge when I'm not around? Or are these normal wear marks?
I'd like to learn to sharpen freehand on stones. I've read a bunch here about the how to's (although I'm still completely clueless). But I don't know where to start in regards to what to buy. This has to come first I'm thinking. :) And I don't mind buying some decent stones if it would make it easier. But perhaps I'd like to start with one or two stones and progress from there. Is that a logical way to do this? Any and all advice and stone (grit, brand, etc) recommendations would be appreciated.