It took forever but I eventually ventured into free hand sharpening using the IB8 Norton India stone. After some practice it looks like I am able to get a fairly decent edge. This Norton India with mineral oil has served me well and going from the fine 320 grit to the strop has given me decent edges on my low tech steel kitchen and pocket knives. I now want to try my hand at refining the edges a bit more before going to the strop. I do not need anything fancy like diamond or expensive water stones. I was thinking an Arkansas hard stone might do the job and very inexpensively or maybe even a Shapton pro 1000. Does this make sense or would you have any other suggestions? Seeing that I am already using oil I would happy with an additional oil stone but would consider a splash and go too.