Currently I don't have any way to sharpen my pocket, hunting, and kitchen knives (besides the steel rod which I don't think actually sharpens). I was thinking of going with the Spyderco Sharpmaker. My father used had a lansky sharpener set that was ok. I was also thinking of getting some sharpening stones and sharpening them free hand. I know freehand sharpening will take a lot of practice but I feel that in time, it will be more versatile and easier to obtain a razor sharp edge than using a Spyderco Sharpmaker. Any suggestions? My budget right now is only $50 but if I can get something for cheaper, then I am all for it.