Hey guys! Start out with the lansky guided system, the diamond one. And then eventually graduate to a KME which is incredible. Its fool proof and your knives will be sharper than you ever felt possible. And also a trick with sharpening on anything including free hand is use a sharpie to color in the bevel on both sides of the knife and take a swipe or 2 and check. If all the sharpie is gone you are golden , if only the very edge is gone then you need to go at a lower angle, and if the sharpie is only gone above the edge then you need to go a bit steeper of an angle. You can reapply the sharpie as much as you need. Rubbing alcohol gets the sharpie off your knife like nothing so make sure you have some. Do alternating strokes after you have your angle, 10 on one side, 10 on the other, 9....9, 8.....8, and so on. Light pressure so you don't form too big of a burr (Google or YouTube burr) and once you get down to 1 on each side keep going once one each side as many times as you want. Then grab a leather strop or even a leather belt and stroke the knife at the same angle with EDGE TRAILING STROKES, meaning don't dig the edge into the leather as if you are sharpening, do the complete opposite. Do the same 10...10 , 9...9, down to 1...1....1....1....1....1 and see your results on a piece of paper ! With these little tricks you guys will be able to free hand in no time!