Sharpening Stones

If you want the ultimate control and flexibility, there is still no gadget or machine that comes close to the age-old sharpening stone. Don't be afraid! Using a whetstone is actually pretty easy, and there are lots of videos on YouTube to help you get started. The Naniwa Japanese waterstones are where it's at -- they're large, thick, and very high quality with a great sharpening feel and consistency.