I'm planning on purchasing an Edge Pro within a month. I thought at first to get water stones, but realize I really have no time to devote to freehand sharpening. Soooo.... In going over the Edge Pro site, I see two problems for me. One is that I can't figure out what huge difference there is between the pro and apex. The difference in price is huge, so I'm sure there is a reason. I just don't know what it is. I'm the kind of person who enjoys things that are "over engineered", as one of my friends would say. I also can "over buy" at times, so I would like to avoid that when it involves hundreds of dollars. All of the reviews online from what I've been able to find are about the apex. Just wondering if anyone here has any knowledge/experience with the pro. I'll call Edge Pro sometime this week, just would like to get as much feedback from users as possible. I don't mind spending extra money if there's something to it, especially if it's something I'll probably use for the rest of my life. Ten years from now I won't care about the extra money I spent if I'm still using it. The other problem I see is that there really doesn't seem to be a practical "kit" to buy, especially with the apex. I mean, who wants one of those eight inch honing sticks? I have a 10" right now I use and would like to get a 12" for truing the 10" chef and slicer. I also read somewhere that the grit numbers don't correspond to typical stones. Anyone know anything about that? I still wonder sometimes if I'm making this more complicated than necessary. I think I should just get a decent set of stones and start learning. Then I think about the last time I tried to freehand my 10" chef and finally got the Lansky out... Enough said. Can anyone tell me about the Edge Pro "Pro"? TIA! Edit to add: Come to think of it, maybe you don't want the ceramic hone at all if you're polishing the edge of your brand new Masamoto HC? Wouldn't the ceramic hone ruin a very sharp, polished edge?