I recently purchased a Miyabi 10,000 Grit wet stone, which I understand from reading online is really just a rebranded Chosera Stone. Obviously, that grit is too high to have as a single stone (I got the stone on sale and really didn't know what I was purchasing), so I would like some recommendations as to what other grit stones I should get.
I was thinking I may as well stick with Chosera, since they seem to be well reviewed, but again I am open to suggestions. So I was thinking maybe a 400 grit stone and a 1000 grit stone, perhaps. Generally, I am using the stone for sharpening kitchen knives, but ideally I would like to be able to use the stones for all my knives.
Further, I would like a recommendation as to the best way use the Chosera stones. I thought the sink bridge might be a good bet. Any thoughts on that? I'm note clear if I get the sink bridge, if I also need to get a stone holder for the stone to sit in?http://www.chefknivestogo.com/nasibr.html
Also, I am curious what I need to do for stone upkeep. After using the 10,000 Chosera, I notice that it has built up a black coloration all over the side I sharpen on and also now has a mirrored surface. Is there something that I should do to prevent that, perhaps the Nagura stone?
Admittedly, a bit of a novice when it comes to sharpening knives, but I do like to take good care of my knives, very much appreciate a sharp blade. Any recommendations would be much appreciated. Finally, for a novice, do you recommend purchasing one of those guides to help maintain the angle while sharpening. It looks pretty gimmiky, but I am open to any ideas.
Thanks very much for your time.