Very nice intro.
I love to hear from other sharpeners. (It would be so great to meet you guys)
I like the term Traditional Sharpening, to me it means that you do everything by hand on Japanese Water Stones, no guided devices, no belt sanders, just those beautiful water stones and skill.
I have no natural stones, not yet and Ken has made some great suggestions. However, 99% of the knives I sharpen are Henckels, Wusthof, Global, Shun, MAC. So it is very rare for me to get a traditional Japanese knife. Would a natural stone be a waste to use on these knives or would they just create a different finish?
Also I assume you can mix and match, i.e. use synthetic and natural stones together on one knife?
I will need to build my collection slowly, that is why I ask