Hi guys, I have been looking around these forums for a while and I'm impressed with all the positivity that members are willing to provide, what a great community! I've just swapped all my cheap home depot steel knives with Japanese ones over the past few months. All VG10 core, ranging from Tojiro DP to a few Gekko Damascus and Tojiro Flash/Senkou. Now That I have my knife block full, I am looking to learn to sharpen and hone them properly ... so far, being new knives they aren't too bad. I mistakenly convinced myself that buying a Global Minosharp 3 Wheel Ceramic Sharpener was all I needed, but I'm increasingly finding that the edge doesn't hold long ... time to do this properly! After much research, I think as a newbie, I will need 3 stones to start with? 1x low grit (200-300) for fixing chips/nicks/re-doing the edge + use for flattening other higher grit stones 1x medium grit (1000) for sharpening 1x high grit (5000-6000) for removing burrs and polishing My first question is, do I also need a honing steel (I just bought a ceramic DMT CS2, without really thinking about stones) if I will already own a 6000 grit stone? i.e. does the 6000 grit stone do the honing for me? I'm guessing the ceramic steel is more about accessibility/quick access versus setting up a stone every time? Secondly, if anyone could provide opinions on brands/models ... there are just too many reviews out there, but I am after the best value kit for a beginner without breaking the bank. I am thinking something like : 1x KING 220 Grit 1x KING 1000 Grit 1x NANIWA Super Stone 5000 or SHAPTON (KUROMAKU) 5000 Thirdly, I have seen items like the KING Combi 1000/6000 and SueHiro Combi 1000/3000 ... but am I right is saying that it's probably worth investing in individual stones in terms of life you get out of them? i.e. you will wear down the 1000 grit heaps faster than the high-grit side, leaving you with an odd size/shape "leftover" stone? Really happy for any advice. I want to do my new knives some justice! Cheers in advance everyone!