Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! As with many things hobby/knife related things tend to get obsessive at one point or another. Do yourself a favor and do as recommended and look for a working nicely sharp edge and consistency first, finish later on. Otherwise you might need a lot of patience or become frustrated that you can not get the same results as some of the guys here posting knifeporn and having gone through several hundred of dollars worth of sharpening equipment. As for best system... Well wicked edge and kme get a lot of votes, edge pro and sharpmaker are good as well. And they all work! What do you want to do? Reprofile? Just sharpen? Maintenance? Personally I have used: Sharpmaker Lansky 3d printed edge pro with dmt stones Dmt aligner set Dmt stones Various water stones And I probably forget stuff, still I am not an expert. My vote? Get a sharpmaker with maybe uf stones for maintenance and set your knives to either 15 or 20 dps with something like a kme/edge pro or let a pro do it for you. I mean sure, if money is not an issue, just get the full set of wicked edge, can't go wrong there, even though even that set has its limits. If you decide to really invest you might consider going the long tedious route of learning free hand. It is rather Zen and definitely more about the whole process than just achieving a working edge efficiently when you aim for a mirror edge free hand.