Like others, I use the Barkeepers Friend and a Scotch pad but find the erasers do seem to make the stones work better. Lansky makes one and there is another called "Supereraser" which seems more course than the Lansky. Both work well. Stones seem to cut better after using the eraser.
ZDP does have some good qualities though IMO overrated. At the time it first came out it might have been considered a "supersteel" but no longer. It gets sticky sharp pretty easily and holds it's edge reasonably well, though the Spydies I have in ZDP tend to be "chippy" and definitely NOT stainless....
YES thank you, 3.5 please. Bolsters with any color polished linen micarta. XHP or other stainless is good with me. I'd buy 2 or 3 in a heartbeat (if I could get them). These would sell out the quickest. The 3.5 is one of Sal's finest masterpieces.
Lot of great suggestions here, guess I'd go with the CF Chaparral. Classy gentlemen's knife, carries well, great steel, and wire clip. Lightweight and a lot of cutting power. Maybe engrave their names or date as an added touch. A gift and event they will always remember.
Thought I'd replied to this thread before, appears not. When not spending time with grandkids, I'm fishing in St Augustine or Daytona, or Cedar Key (great oysters too) or I'm in the Keys fishing and diving. Home base is in the woods of north central Florida. This is a great forum.
Must be nice to catch those out of a kayak. We usually have to run 15-20 miles for tuna. They just changed the regs in Florida almost makes it not worth going. Last time my wife and I went we caught a bunch'o nice footballs. All 5-7lbs. Great on the grill. Yes the Waterway works well. :) Thanks Lance.