Mano, SteveG and Chrismit29--all my thanks. I did not expect to many votes for the kit some of you are mentioning. Last night I just decided to jump in and start my collection. I did buy the Shapton Glass 1k and, thanks to many of you, the Suehiro Rika 5k. SteveG, I am thrilled to hear it is your favorite stone. Got a loupe (my poor eyes). Next Amex billing cycle I will add a lapping plate.
The big next category will be something for stropping. For years I used a basic honing steel, but from what I am reading here it seems that changing from a steel to a stropping setup for maintenance as well as finishing could be smart. I will take all ideas, with gratitude.
Oh...and cedarhouse wrote..."I suddenly feel a bit better about my vices
" No one told me I needed vices to sharpen effectively. Off to search the threads for better info on vices. No one told me!