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Okay... So I watched the video on sharpening and I have to admit it is something that I have put off for a while (buying the right stuff that is). I am convinced that waterstones are the way to go but the problem is which ones do I buy? Right now I have a set of cheap diamond stones that seem to work pretty good (however they are pretty small). I have a coarse, fine and extra fine stone. When I go all the way to the extra fine stone I can just start to make out my reflection in the back of a large plane iron (almost like a mirror that is dirty and needs to be cleaned). So which grits do I need? Do I need a whole set or can I use the diamond stones for the lower grits and use the waterstones for the higher grits? Also when I was looking at waterstones online there was a very large price difference between stones of the same grit (about double or triple for the most expensive ones). What's the difference and are the more expensive ones worth the money? As for dressing stones do I need to get something to flatten these things with (nagura stone for the really fine stones and a flattening stone for the coarser grits?) And one last question (I know I have a lot of questions...) I am also looking at using a strop to do the final polishing but which stropping paste should I use?
Sorry for all of the questions but I would like to get this right the first time since it looks like this is going to cost me somewhere in the range of $150 or $200 to get all of this stuff. Thank you very much for your input. I really appreciate all of you guys for helping me out when I have questions, and I do ask quite a bit so.... Thank you.