In addition you need a method of flattening the stones. I bought two
flattening stones to find that they needed flattening. So now I have
invested in a diasharp 3"x8" course stone, which allowed me to flatten
the flattening stones, which would allow me to flatten the real stones
when I get em.
The diamond stone takes material off VERY fast, so with one of those in
a course grit, you could skip a water stone or two on the bottom end.