I am curious just what kind of women do you have down in Tampa??
yeah... it is essentially d2, but for whatever reason, my experience has led me to believe that this works well at reasonably acute angles... i think
Looks like you've decided, but I will throw my 2 cents as well.
As the beginner, you do not really need a high grit stone like 6K or 5K.
So a guy i buy from said come by today.
12" heavy chef knife.