I've been reading these forums with much interest for the quality of information. I hope some of you experts may be able to help me out with my situation. I have very few knives and sharpening devices, not much cash, and want to get advice on how to make the best with what I have to keep my knives maintained. My knives are: A kuhn rikon paring knife (carbon) Opinel no. 8 (carbon, less used now) A robert herder K2 (carbon) An "eden quality" utility knife (VG-10) A sabatier nogent chef (still on the way- carbon) (sorry I can't post links yet) My sharpening tools are: A fallkniven DC-4. A small 2 sided stone, diamond on one side (~800 grit?), ceramic on the other A DMT diamond mini folder, fine Cardboard (technically chipboard I think, which I found in an art supply store and seems to work wonderfully. Much denser than cardboard) Chromium oxide powder My question is, with these knives and the limited sharpening materials I have available, what would be the best way to keep them sharp- hopefully without need to purchase anything else? I have some specific questions related to this, which I hope make sense (I'm an amateur). -Instead of using a honing rod, can I re-align the blade edge by stropping it on cardboard? -How would this compare to using the ceramic side of the DC4 (and would there be a difference in passing the blade spine-first or edge-first over the stone) Thank you in advance for your thoughts and help.