I've been perusing these forums for the past few months. I just made an account this week after lurking and absorbing as much information as possible. The expertise I have gleaned has helped me find a knife that I am extremely happy with. I have always valued a sharp knife and I take great pride in keeping my tools in top shape, but I had no idea what a sharp knife (a truly sharp knife) felt like until I started cutting with my new gyuto. (Which, BTW happens to be a Ryusen Tsuchime Damascus series 210 gyuto.) The knife is a dream to work with, and -- at least according to my sense of aesthetics -- a real beaut.
My first question, if anyone would be so kind as to help me out, has to do with whetstones: I see that I can get a combo stone fairly cheaply at epicurean edge ( http://epicureanedge.com/shopexd.asp?id=80005 ). Should I be wary at how inexpensive this stone is? I certainly feel that at this point my technique is going to be the thing holding me back, not the equipment. I really just want to get a set of whetstones (or a combo) that would get me up and sharpening.
Thanks in advance.