Originally Posted by buccaneer
I'd get a steel.
Drop the ceramic and there goes your money, and a idahone fine steel would be my choice if I went that way.
Want to point out that with the stone you have ordered, you don't need a steel if you don't want to outlay more bucks.
Don't use the belt sander on good steel.
The heat will do damage.
I have a 3 step pulley and belt on the motor, so I can get the speed very low, plus I reversed the motor to run backward, also keep a coffee can of water with it. It does not get used much these days, kind of why I wanted to simplify things with the stone. The stone and strop can stay upstairs, and all the other stuff in the basement of course.
I wandered if the stone would be all I needed, and I do have a leather strop mounted on a slab of wood. I am a little worried that I wont be able to hold a good angle so I also bought one of those knife guides, hopping my hand will learn the motion, and position without it eventually, a training tool if you will.