Originally Posted by smokin52
My sharpening stone budget is open but I'm a rooky when it comes to really good kives. My schooling preped me for butcher sharpening with henkel types but after watching a video on sharpening Japanese knives with an assortment of stones I needed some help to protect my tools.
You could check out King 1000/6000 combo stones for one of the more cost friendly options
There's also stuff like this http://www.toolsfromjapan.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=335_405_583_585&products_id=2055 both soaking stones, I'd recommend getting them as the separate stones option. Good feedback and fairly forgiving stones, they don't dish too quickly. Shipping will probably be a couple of weeks. Other stones I think are good from TFJ and not too pricey- Naniwa Hayabusa 4000, Sigma Power 6000 (both splash and go fine stones), Sigma Power 1000 'Soft' (~10 minute soak, medium grit stone)
If you have a more generous budget and can get really nice stones that'll cut fast and last ages, check out https://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/pages/sharpening-supplies
I also tend to browse Amazon and eBay occasionally for staying on top of prices, but that's after knowing some brands (Naniwa, King, Suehiro, Sigma Power, Shapton, etc.) or specific stones I'm looking for
There's also Norton waterstones, long time standbys, but no personal experience with these
Pair any option up with a way to keep them flat, whether it be diamond flattening plates, stone fixers of dimensions similar to that of the stones, or coarse sandpaper or drywall screen backed on tile.