Sharpening Hones and Steels
Sharpening hones and steels improve the quality of any knife by removing the rolled over edges and restoring the blade to pristine condition. This increases the cutting ability and efficiency of the knife. For better results, select a honing rod that's at least two inches longer than the knife.
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Honing steels are made from steel, and refine the blade edge. They work by pushing the blade edge material back into a straight line.
A sharpening steel typically has an abrasive layer that helps remove bits from the knife edge. A sharpening steel actually removes some material from the knife edge.