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A honing steel, sometimes referred to as sharpening steel, sharpening stick, sharpening rod, butcher's steel, and chef's steel is a rod of steel, ceramic or diamond coated steel used to hone or sharpen blade edges. They are flat, oval, or round in cross-section and up to one foot long. The steel and ceramic honing steels may have longitudinal ridges, whereas the diamond coated steels are smooth but will be embedded with abrasive diamond particles.

The naming is often a misnomer, because a steel that hones may be called a 'sharpening steel' in common parlance and vice versa. Moreover, the term 'honing steel' may actually refer to a tool made from ceramic. Honing is often recommended to be performed immediately before or after using a knife, and can be done daily. By contrast, knives are generally sharpened much less frequently.

Honing steels are of no use if the edge is blunt, because it removes no material. Instead it fixes the micro-serrations along the edge of the blade. It is not known exactly how the honing process works; some experts believe honing straightens the serrations while others believe it re-creates them.

Sharpening steels made from ceramic or that have a diamond coating sharpen and hone the edge because they are so much harder than the steel blade. Because these steels sharpen, they are only used every few months once the blade is dull.

We hope this information helps you in making you decision and as always if you have any questions please feel free to call or email us.

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Arkansas Sharpeners Ceramic Sharpening Stick (12 Inches Overall) Wood Handle AC46
$6.95
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Boker Sieger Long Life Sharpener, 09SR001
$123.95
$83.95 SAVE 32%
Hewlett P123 Three Step Kitchen Diamond Sharpener, 12 Inch Rod, Coarse, Medium & Fine Grit Sections
$57.95
$43.99 SAVE 24%
DMT DS2E Diamond Steel Sharpening Rod 12 Inch, X-Fine Grit
$53.95
$39.95 SAVE 25%
Lansky LSS8CM Ceramic Sharp Stick, 8 Inch, Medium Grit
$14.95
$9.99 SAVE 33%
Victorinox Sharpening Steel (12 Inch Round Butchers Steel w/ Fine Cut) Dark Wood Handle + Loose Ring 40085
$55.00
$41.49 SAVE 24%
Victorinox Sharpening Steel (14 Inch Round Butchers Steel w/ Regular Cut) Dark Wood Handle + Loose Ring 40089
$62.40
$46.99 SAVE 24%
DMT Diamond Steel Sharpening Rod (12 Inch Fine Diamond Stone) Sanitary Black Plastic Handle DS2F
$56.95
$37.95 SAVE 33%
Victorinox Forschner 40585 Sharpening Steel, Black Nylon Handle, 12 Inch Round Combination Cut
$41.00
$30.99 SAVE 24%
Hewlett C12 Chef's Choice Diamond Sharp, 12 x 1/2 Sharpening Rod
$30.95
$23.49 SAVE 24%
Victorinox Forschner 40687 Sharpening Steel, 9 Inch Round Regular Cut, Black Plastic Handle
$22.40
$16.99 SAVE 24%
Victorinox Sharpening Steel (12 Inch Round Butchers Steel w/ Regular Cut) Dark Wood Handle + Loose Ring 40084
$55.00
$41.49 SAVE 24%
Victorinox Forschner 40780 Diamond Sharpening Steel, 10 Inch Oval Solid Core, Plastic Handle
$70.90
$53.49 SAVE 24%
Victorinox Forschner 40781 Diamond Sharpening Steel, 10 Inch Round Solid Core, Plastic Handle
$59.90
$44.99 SAVE 24%
Victorinox Forschner 40782 Diamond Sharpening Steel, 12 Inch Oval Solid Core, Plastic Handle
$79.50
$59.99 SAVE 24%
Victorinox Sharpening Steel (14 Inch Round Butchers Steel w/ Fine Cut) Dark Wood Handle + Loose Ring 40180
$62.40
$46.99 SAVE 24%
Victorinox Forschner 40783 Diamond Sharpening Steel, 12 Inch Round Solid Core, Plastic Handle
$67.50
$50.99 SAVE 24%
Victorinox Sharpening Steel (12 Inch Round Helical Cut Butchers Steel) Light Wood Handle + Loose Ring 40181
$33.20
$24.99 SAVE 24%
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Victorinox VN41981 Sharpening Steel, 7.5 Inch Continental Cut, White Polypropylene Handle
$23.40
$17.99 SAVE 23%
Victorinox Forschner 40580 Sharpening Steel, 10 Inch Round Regular Cut, Black Plastic Handle
$38.60
$28.99 SAVE 24%
DMT DS0F Diamond Steel Sharpening Rod 10 Inch, Fine Grit
$42.99
$31.99 SAVE 25%
Victorinox Forschner 40581 Sharpening Steel, 10 Inch Round Fine Cut, Black Plastic Handle
$38.60
$28.99 SAVE 24%
Victorinox Forschner 40582 Sharpening Steel, 10 Inch Round Combination Cut, Black Plastic Handle
$38.60
$28.99 SAVE 24%
Victorinox Forschner 40584 Sharpening Steel, Black Nylon Handle, 12 Inch Round Cut
$41.00
$30.99 SAVE 24%
DMT DS4F Diamond Steel Sharpening Rod 14 Inch, Fine Grit
$61.95
$45.95 SAVE 25%
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