J.A. Henckels 9-Inch Poly Sharpening Steel
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209 of 213 found the following review helpful:
A good quality steel for the money Jan 20, 2008
By Cohen Rautenkranz
This steel is very nice for the price. The length is fine for nearly any knife and the material itself is of a suitable hardness for correcting cutting edges. The handle is easy to hold, and it has a nice heft and balance. Exactly what I would expect from a Henckels product.
Now, a brief clarification: A steel will absolutely not "sharpen" your knife. It doesn't have a grit so much as the steel used is much harder than the knife. (If you have a dull edge you can run it along the finest steel for hours and not get a sharper cutting edge.) What it does do is simply correct the angle of the knife's edge that tends to get bent to either side during normal use. When you run the leading edge of the knife down the steel in the correct manner, a sharp edge should go back to the appropriate angle. If you have a dull blade, you need to hone a new edge. (For that you may consider using a professional sharpening service. this can be a little tough for a novice...sorry!) Once that is done, use your steel each and every time you pull your knives from their home to keep the edge at peak usability.
Keep in mind that you could sharpen a spoon to a razors edge, it just won't keep it for long. Better knives hold an edge for much longer due to the quality of the materials and their hardness. Few of us need an exquisitely expensive set of knives. Just buy a nice set for a good price and keep on using a good steel!
33 of 37 found the following review helpful:
Good bang for buck Dec 18, 2006
By C. Yi
REMINDER: Sharpening steels are of extremely fine grit - use to KEEP the blades sharp... the finishing touch, if you will. To repair a blade with significant damage, you'll need to get a sharpening stone.
All in all, this sharpening steel is as advertised: the Henckels name, solid construction, nice grip.
The sharpening steel will probably last longer than I will.
15 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Steel sharpens Steel May 09, 2008
By Da Riddler
It is what it says it is and is great for putting that finished edge on knives. About 6 or 7 passes on each side keeps my wifes favorite kitchen knife razor keen. Also used it on my pocket knife, cuts through boxes like butter.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
very nice. Nov 10, 2010
Very nice, lightweight, perfect for a female to handle easily. Does the job very well.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Perfect Jan 18, 2012
By Matthew Laxton
This is a very nice HONING steel. This does NOT sharpen your knife, it hones it. And this does a great job of it. This has kept my Shun chefs knife in good shape for months now, and I love it. One of the best purchases I've made. If you run your knife over this steel before and after using it, it will keep a nice edge on it for a very long time.
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