For now I have an inexpensive King 250/1000 grit combo stone to sharpen my knives with. Just something to learn on really, but it did a great job with my Yamashin santoku so I'll probably keep it around even after I step up to something better.
My questions are: Will my Smith's 600 grit diamond stone work OK to flatten the King stone? I know a lower grit would do it faster of course, but would this still be OK? When I upgrade to different stones would this diamond stone still work?
I am considering getting the Shapton Pro 1k/5k set possibly early next year (yay tax returns! lol). Low wear, little mess, fast cutting, no soaking, and free storage boxes... what's not to like? lol If I don't get these I would probably still be looking at harder type synthetic splash and go stones, so that is what I am looking at when I ask about after upgrading stones.