Ok, so I looked at Dave Martells site, and saw what he charges for sharpening. I guess I would be looking at $25 a knife for sharpening plus shipping to and from. I would guess all of that for all of my knives (12", 8" chef, 5" kitchen, 4" veg, and paring) would be $125 just for sharpening, and then another $25 for shipping to and from. So I am looking at $150 total.
After looking over the site, and spending some time at links that have been posted, I am reconsidering learning how to sharpen myself. I don't want my knives ruined, and if I spend $150 to send them away, I will have nice pro sharpened knives with zero gained knowledge, and I will just start in on making them dull again. But if I spend the money to sharpen myself, at least I will have learned something, and I can keep my knives sharp at all times. So I guess its way cheaper in the long run to just get started learning.
I have two new questions:
1) My knives were never sharpened when I bought them, I didn't realize they weren't all that sharp. So, if I decide to get some whetstones and sharpen myself do I have to do anything different to start out with because they have only been steeled by me, and came factory sharp?
2) tk59 recommended that I get two stones for $100-$200, I would be ok with spending within that range if I got everything I needed to get started. So, what would you guys recommend? I will also be needing a stone holder, and I think some guides would not be a bad thing either, and of course a good book so I can hopefully learn and prevent myself from making a mess of my knives. (An edge in the kitchen, I saw that was recommended as a good book)
Thanks again to all for the great information.