so, now for other questions...
Stones and how to use them/recommendations for what to get.
What type of cutting board to get and any recommendations?
anything else? I'm open to all tips, tricks, help, advice, etc!
What cutting board are you using currently?
Just to make sure you're aware - the FKH is monosteel carbon and the FKM is monosteel stainless. Just in case you weren't meaning to get yourself into the carbon life ;)
Some flattening solution as you go along. It could be coarse sandpaper or drywall screen on a flat surface, a stone fixer, or a diamond plate. Price increases with speed, longevity, and convenience
You can go something like Bester 1200 to Suehiro Rika 5000, or Cerax 1000 to Rika 5000, or if those are slightly above budget, King stones will work fine
https://www.amazon.com/King-Sided-Sharpening-Stone-Base/dp/B001DT1X9O higher priced than this will get your more friendly stone dimensions, faster cutting, wearing less quickly, etc. But the FKH you're looking at is a fairly simply carbon steel and will do fine with a King type stone.
Do you have a budget for board and stones then?
http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=&_ssn=227wood&_sop=15 There's also this option for boards, comes with feet. I just got a walnut board from him the other week, 22x18x1.875 inches, comes nicely sanded and oiled. It took a very few coats of oil to get it prep-ready compared to the MMB. The rectangular vs square shape is personal preference; I prefer the rectangular shape.
One of the auctions for a 12x15 board from this guy went last week for another $40-50 if I recall correctly.
Before (as it came) and then during an oiling
One of the best video playlists https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEBF55079F53216AB
Generally i get a lot of things from amazon, the reviews are trustworthy and if you happen to have amazon prime you get free 2 day shipping The cooking supplies they have are literally endless ( i probably spend way to much time on there ) but this is the knife I'm currently using - http://amzn.to/2dsykjC its awesome for the price and cuts like a champ
When it comes to cutting boards i always invest in a quality one because of how sharp the knives I'm using are, they have some cheaper versions you can check out but i'd recommend this one - http://amzn.to/2cxgoaz if you're looking for high quality and long lasting
I justified it through a temporary 15% price decrease on the one I was eyeing...and impulse. Terrible justifications haha