If you feel confident in your ability to hold an angle, freestyle is best... benchstones rock!
I barely use my 204 to begin with, only for serrated edges, and we know how long <img src="spyder.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>s take to get dull...
I play with my full set of stones, and am looking at a diamond grit next(only $60).
200/300, 500/800, and spyderco 303MF + case & stropping compound... have a good strop too, but I'm waiting for good compound.
Think I have already spent close to 80 on stones and oil, and the 204 and replaceed 303MF on top of that.
I use all my stones dry, and oil the blade after to ensure any grit is cleaned out.
I have my knives shaving sharp, and back a few off, and strop a couple. Not that hard to do... been doing it 13yrs though.
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