Thanks for the response Ken. You ask a good question with regards to what sort of finish to I want. My thinking is I'd like to try and retain the character of the blade, so if it has a good contrast that's certainly what I'll be looking for (the knife hasn't arrived yet so I am yet to see it first hand).
In your view would the Arashiyama stones be ok for this and then move from the 6k to say the 15k bamboo? Or would I better off sticking with the 5k bamboo?
Is this the Hakka stone you refer to http://www.chefknivestogo.com/hakkatomae.html
Could I go from the 5k bamboo to the Hakka or would you recommend another stone in between?
Do I need a tight progression of stones (1k, 2k, 4k etc) or could I get away with a 1k, 2k, 5k and then either a natural like the Hakka or the 15k bamboo?