After reading all I could find and watching Bill Ellis and Lynn Abrams cd's, today I took a ebay Heckles 410 that I got for $6 and honed it up.
I started on a Norton 1000 water stone for the bevel. I then moved on to the pyramid method on a Norton 4000/8000 grit combination stone, followed by 100 laps on a lapped Chinese 12000 polishing stone.
After stropping I took a shower and gave it a try, it had just a little bit of pull but shaved ok. I have a handamerican bench hone ordered, I was going wait till it was here but I couldn't wait to try out the stones. All and all everything went well, next I think I will try my hand at repining