Thank you for your replies.
Concerning the Korin flatteners - those that are priced attractively are rather small and smaller than the stones they are supposed to flatten. Does that work well? I would indeed prefer to go for the large diamond plate, but it is more than 100 € what is a bit steep for the start.
So far I can say that Maksim is indeed a nice guy to deal with - answering very quickly and being very helpful (he also had a handful of questions to answer first ) So I am indeed inclined to get his JNS Beginner Sharpening Set.
So let's just say for the sake of argument I would get the JNS Set - what else am I going to need?
- I supposed the flattener.
- But what about the stropping?
- Should I look for some kind of stone-holder or jut put in in a piece of cloth os some piece of wood?
- How to store those stones properly?
- is 6k stone enough for a nice smooth edge?
I have just started to watch the video from Carter Cuttlery - love the intro (4 minutes not a single word, just one knife gets shaving sharp - it is like watching a black-belt karate master training )
One obligatory A vs B question - how would the JNS stones compare to those from Gesshin/King/Bester/Suehiro stones? Not necessarily a 'better' question rather what kind of edge do these give and how do they handle.