Don't forget about EE's forum discount too!
Being in Europe does change the picture a bit, but I'm sure you can get the "standard" recommended set easily enough if you look around, the
Eden 240/800 and 2000/5000 combos are inexpensive and will serve you well. Or push the boat out and get the Naniwa 800/5000. Technique is far more important
Sandpaper will work fine, but there are things that stone do that sandpaper cannot. Waterstones release grit while in use, and especially in natural
I would never consider accommodating guests "selling out". I got a good chuckle reading that.
Working in the kitchen is hard. Some days