Hi All, So I recently bought a 1000 grit King Waterstone from Lee Valley tools. I'm brand new to sharpening, I usually just pay someone to sharpen them, but with my collection of knives growing I think its time to learn. Anyhow, I've been looking around at some different tutorials -- the CkTG videos come to mind -- and I have a few questions. (1) I've always used a Victorinox honing steel. This steel is ribbed vertically along the steel. When I bought my Mac -- this is what they recommended. Should I be getting a finer steel or just forget about using a hone alltogether. (I read somewhere that honing is bad for your knives). (2) I decided to start my sharpening career by practicing on some old $20 walmart special knives I had laying about. However, I did not see any dark metal bits (swarf i think?) on the stone. Rather, it seemed like the knife was cutting layers off of the stone -- indeed the knife was building up a thick brown paste along the edge with not discoloration or metal bits. I tried it with some other knives and they seemed to work (ie I could see metal shavings). So I guess my question is -- Do i have to use stones with different harnesses for different knives and if so how do I know which ones to use. (3) As previously stated, I've watched several tutorials and have seen sharpening done several different ways. I believe the CkTG tutorials suggests sharpening the knife in sections in a continuous motion. Conversly, I've seen some tutorials that suggest going in a single smooth motion from tip to handle. On these I've seen some suggesting pushing the knive and others suggesting pulling the blade. Which one should I start with? The CkTG seems a easier but also seems like there may cause some inconsistency in the blade. Wheras the other way seems to have a larger learning curve. (4) Finally, I have a limited understanding of "chasing the burr", although I'm not really sure how to "de-burr" a knife. Again there seems to be a lot of varaiton. From cork, to rubber, to honing steel. (5) I am assuming that I will need more than one stone as I progress my skills, Should i purchase a 2000, 3000, or 4000 grit next and should I stick with King or are there better (bang for buck) brands? Any help would be great!