i have a couple sharpening kits. one is a Smith's two stone that comes with a can of sharpening oil and the other is a three stone set starting with medium, fine and extra fine. my grandpap taught me how to sharpen knives when i was a kid so i just do it by feel. also use a leather strap to finish them.
I have the Lansky system. It's Ok. The best way I've found is to get a stone with medium on one side and fine on the other. Hold the knife (or edge) at a steady angle and stroke, blade in, to sharpen both sides. Finish with a good paste on a leather strop.
I don't strop edge first.....it cuts into the strop. Strop edge last and you can shave with it.