Should probably start a thread on sexy tools, but since this is about blades and sharpening, I'd like to share my most recent blade acquisition: It is a 36mm Japanese style leather skiving knife made from M2 steel. Handle is African Blackwood. Came from Palosanto Factory, a S. Korean producer who makes some of the finest leather working tools on the market. It came scary sharp out of the package so I haven't had to sharpen it, but it renewed my interest in sharpening systems. In fact, I am now investing in whetstones like I never would have for the kitchen and EDC. You all provided a lot of great advice that I promptly ignored because I am cheap, but I am reading back through and did some more research and just bought an Atoma Diamond Sharpener #1200. I will likely grab a Suehiro Rika #5000 ceramic stone for some polishing and some diamond compound for stropping. I was able to severely warp my cheapo $30 1000/6000 whetstone just trying to sharpen the crappy $10 stainless steel skiving knife I started with, along with my kitchen knives. Since I don't actually use my kitchen knives (my GF does), I have neglected them a bit. I went diamond plate to make sure I got something that would stay flat for a while and guarantee it work on M2 steel (or Aogami Super which will be my next leather knife material). I'm pretty sure a Suehiro Cerax 1000 would have been fine, but I liked the idea of a hopefully perma flat plate to start with.