Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! i do some water stone sharpening on many Japanese knives that i see, but i also use my wicked edge and the diamonds, ceramics and tape finish will slice and cut most anything really well......just time consuming......and to me, time is money. . i considered diamond belts once, but have never taken the plunge......$$$ . most of my sharpening takes place at farmers markets and the local gun shows (2). i do sharpen inside the local williams-sonoma store 1 thur. each month. tomorrow i work for the first time a harley-davidson event from 9 to 5.....should prove very interesting. . nov. & dec. i work for whole foods as a paid vendor to sharpen customer knives for free......limited to 3 knives per visit......last year was many blades.....usually weekend before turkey day and xmas. .