So, I am making some progress with hand sharpening (after I read a very interesting article about the difference between "polished" and "sharp"), and decided to get some stones for my pack (instead of the blademedic that I had previously been using in my pack).

4" Dia-Sharp® Continuous Diamond

Just though I would pass along the info on the stones. They are They are high-quality and affordable. I got a "coarse" and "fine" on amazon for $13 each. From what I have read about these stones (which is a good bit), they last a very long time. I will post a review in a few weeks to let you all know how they work.