Tip # 1: Oil is optional, but not recommended
After reading The Razor Edge Book of Sharpening this came to a massive surprize to me. I was meticulously filling bottles of oil for the sharpening kits and dealing with the mess while I sharpened; it was a relief to be done with oil.
After sharpening multiple knives without oil I have found I agree with Mr. Juranitch. When I do sharpness tests I find the knife cuts much more smoothly and I can shave with it.