Carbon steel blades don't require any additional care than any other steel knife....but in the words of "BDL", they require it NOW! You can't wait to clean/dry the knife.
Rods/steels I don't use and don't recommend using. Others do, so hopefully they'll add their thoughts.
Stones....I like this set a lot:http://www.chefknivestogo.com/3pcstoneset.html
Out of stock at the moment though.
This set, although more, is very promising as well:http://www.chefknivestogo.com/nushset.html
I haven't tried the 5k Bamboo though...so can't comment on the set as a whole. The 150 Bamboo and the 1k Ume are both very nice though.