So after a lot of research and looking around, I decided to by some Hattori FH knives from japanesechefsknife.com.
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I have been using the worksharp Ken Onion edition sharpener to sharpen my knives (some kitchen but more outdoors and yard work knives). http://www.worksharptools.com/ken-onion-edition-knife-and-tool-sharpener.html I'm assuming that it would be a very bad mistake to use this belt sharpener on my nice, new Japanese kitchen knives, even if the worksharp can sharpen to a 15 degree angle.
Based upon that assumption, and after some research, it seems that it may be wise investment to buy some whetstones and learn how to use them. The question I have is which ones. So far, I have narrowed it down to the following:
-JCK Special Combination Whetstone (#1000 and #4000) $65
-JCK Special Combination Whetstone (#6000 and #10000) $108
Shapton Glass 4pc Set 500x, 1k, 4k, 8k grit stones http://www.chefknivestogo.com/shgl4pcset50.html $263
Universal Stone Holder http://www.chefknivestogo.com/nastho.html $30
Are there any other must have items...strop or something that deburs. Also, Is an 8000 grit stone necessary for kitchen knives? Maybe I should go with a set of shapton 1000, 3000 and 6000 and save some money?!?!
That's $123.00 more for the shapton set, although that comes with the holder. I would probably end up getting a stone holder rather than use the non-slip rubber mats if I got the JCK stones. Any of you have experience using either or both?
Edited by kalkooksoo - 4/19/16 at 2:58pm