Not what stones you use. I'm curious how everyone has their workspace. Stone bridge? Stone holder? On the counter? On the table? On the floor?
Soaking stones 24/7? Or as you need ?
I just put a dish towel on the counter and put the stone on that to sharpen. The stones (Bester/Beston/Rika) stay in a bin of water all the time. I change the water and rinse the stones every few weeks to keep biologicals at bay. When I sharpen, I keep the bin at hand to have water to splash or rinse the stones as I go. In between sharpenings, I use a balsa strop with 1 micron CBN, mounted on another piece of wood to which I've added little rubber feet.
I've got the little suehiro pond with the 2 individual feet grips. Kitchen countertop, next to the sink.
Big tub for the long time soakers (beston, bester, gesshin 220 I feel works a bit better this way). Smaller pan for the 1-2 stones during a sharpening session that may just require a quick soak. I've gotten some more splash and go in the recent 3 months or so which has been a pleasant change.
Wow that rubber brick is cool! My setup used to be stone holder on the counter next to the sink. If swarf ran off I would wipe it with a paper towel. This was great but my new apartment has very little counter space next to the sink.
I'm considering a tub (like a cambro) and stone bridge setup, but weighing other options. Too late to learn to sharpen sitting down at this point.
This setup would be mobile AND it's good for soaking
And here're my strops, that i made myself.
This one is 50cm. X 8 cm, made of wood, glass and loaded leather. It's the strop i use always.
Knife there is a yo Deba 240 mm. Long strops work much, much better.
A shorter strop unloaded
Enjoy, knife nuts!
Too many movable parts in that setup.
My rubber brick, joined with Vileda Window Cloth is immobile over the marble countertop.
No hassle, no fuss. I recommend it.