How to care for Wa handles and good sharpening tools to keep knives sharp?

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just got the geshi ginga from japanese knife imports never seen or used any knives with a wa handle before so of course it interested me in buying one. i was wondering 2 things. 1. can i use this knife right away out of the box or does it need to be oiled before use? 2. how do i properly care for these handles? i see people sanding them and oiling them but i mean what oils do i use, grit on sand paper, how often to sand handle and oil, etc..

also am looking for new wet stones i currently have a 1000grit wet stone that i use on occasion only. i want to sharpen my own knives more frequently at home and take better care of them but idk where to start. i also do not hone my knife atm. my old hone is rusted. could you please suggest some products? i am also wondering if a knife sharpening guide is best to use for a beginner or are those things not worth buying? 

i have a blue steel kiritsuke 10inch by shun and the gesshin ginga white steel #2 10in with the wa handle. i also have a mercer i think it's the gensis series that i don't really use anymore. 
 
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you can use it right away... the handle only needs oiling (i use mineral oil and beeswax in a mix) when it looks/feels dry.  Sanding isnt necessary most of the time.  If anything is confusing, just give me a call at work (by the way, i'm Jon from Japanese Knife Imports).  I'd be happy to talk things through with you.
 
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oh damn i didn't know you were jon lmfao. i really appreciate the call and letter in the box. i had one more question. will the handle stain when it comes in contact with juices from meats like steaks and short ribs
 
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it can... but treating it with mineral oil and beeswax regularly will help reduce staining... and if it does stain, light sanding can fix it most of the time.
 
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