Just to add that in Europe the fullsized Chosera 800 and 3k together now cost €100, shipping and taxes included.
Why do tools matter? Well everyone in this forum knows tools matter or else they wouldn't be recommending good knives. Stones and knives are tools.
I bet that tastes great. Including the piece on the bottom left that your knife somehow failed to cut.
As the OP is new to handsharpening it's important to acquire precise movements and correct errors immediately as they occur. That's why I suggested both
Basically you load a 4-sided strop with 4 different pastes. Usually in a progression that makes sense for your setup. If you don't have much for stones,