Sharpening is nothing to be afraid of, it's supposed to be fun.
Generations of men have sharpened their razors and tools. It can't be that difficult.
As long as you don't use powered equipment, you may undo everything you do. It's very, very hard to definitively ruin a blade.
Get yourself a cheap practice knife, but get one made of carbon steel. Cheap stainless is often made of inferior stuff that just won't take any edge.
Carbon steel is very easy to get the basics with: thinning, raising a burr, chasing it, deburring.
Thank you for that info. I'd have bought a cheap stainless at Walmart and probably gotten frustrated. From the videos I've been watching, sharpening looks quite relaxing which is something I can definitely use with a 20yr old, 2yr old and 6mo kids. Never a dull moment around these parts!