Well, I suppose the first place to start would be where do I go to get knives sharpened? I'm in the Chicago area (Northwest burbs to be exact) so I'm sure there are plenty of good places to go to, but where exactly and how much does it cost? I love the idea of sharpening my knifes at home (we have about a dozen knives between myself and my parents). However, I will admit I have absolutely no clue how to this. I own a decent honing steal, which I use regularly, but it's high time my knives get a little more tlc. I have an 8" Forschner Chef's (will probably be upgrading soon, but that's another thread....), and a Forschner paring and boning knife. My parents have quite a collection of Wusthof (paring, chef's, etc.). Could anyone give me the basic low-down on stones and the proper use of them?