Hi, new guy here. I've been lurking/learning here and the other boards like crazy for the past year or so. First of all I wanted to thank everyone for helping me along this path of Japanese knives and stones. It's been amazing to have almost all of my questions already answered without even needing to post. Thanks!
I've been cooking professionally for about 8 years now and like many people my intro to J knives was a Shun. After using one for a couple of years I just started thinking that there HAD to be something better out there. I used Google, found the KF forum and the rest is history. I started out sharpening on an EP with Choseras and became pretty proficient with that set up. However, there's always been this nagging voice in my head telling me to learn to freehand so I bought a couple of stones and am learning them now. This is such a great community and I'm happy that it exists. I'm glad to be here and looking forward to contributing and learning more.