So I am finally going to step up to an EP system and am pulling my hair out trying to determine the best type and progression of stones to purchase to maximize the value for me.
I am a torn partially because I want this system to do things on both ends of the spectrum. On one hand I want to be able to re-profile my harder steels like K390 or 204p but also want to get that awesome mirror polished bevel I envy from some of the pictures I see posted.
I am going to get the preloaded leather strop for a final touch, but am not sure on the stones, I am thinking of getting the apex 1 and choosing the stones I want. I am looking at congress stones, chosera or sharpton and also not sure about grits. So can anyone with more experience suggest the best combination (on a budget) to get both re-profiling ability and mirror edge. I am not crazy about tapes, but if this is best I will try.
I was thinking of getting something like this, but not sure about progression, etc:
Chosera 400, 1000, 5000, 10000. (I dont want to buy 10 stones if I don't need to) Also, not sure if I can reprofile harder steels with the 400.
Any advice (sorry I know this has been discussed before but I could not find exact advice through my search).