Youtube works pretty well for me, but generally it's all about the feeling with freehand stones, which you just can't get without experience.
I kind of agree, I generally only use chrome oxide on my straight razors, and try to wash well afterwards. But just something I read and passing on, likely
I really rate Fowlers knives. I've only had one, but it's one of the only ones I would buy back in a heartbeat if I saw it up for sale.
Ashi Ginga or Sakai Yusuke or Konosuke are the wa lasers that come to mind. Western handle there are others.
3M gold goes up to 800 at least then wet/dry then micro mesh to whatever your OCD level is. Or you could buy a cheap 1" x 30" belt sander and