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Butcher Steels

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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Hewlett P123 Three Step Kitchen Diamond Sharpener, 12 Inch Rod, Coarse, Medium & Fine Grit Sections
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Hewlett C12 Chef's Choice Diamond Sharp, 12 x 1/2 Sharpening Rod
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Victorinox Forschner 40687 Sharpening Steel, 9 Inch Round Regular Cut, Black Plastic Handle
$16.99 SAVE 24%
Victorinox Forschner 40085 Sharpening Steel, 12 Inch, Fine Cut, Round, Dark Wood handle
$41.49 SAVE 24%
Victorinox Forschner 40089 Sharpening Steel, Dark Wood Handle, 14 Inch Round Regular Cut
$46.99 SAVE 24%
DMT Diamond Steel Sharpening Rod (12 Inch Fine Diamond Stone) Sanitary Black Plastic Handle DS2F
$37.95 SAVE 33%
Victorinox Forschner 40584 Sharpening Steel, Black Nylon Handle, 12 Inch Round Cut
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DMT DS4F Diamond Steel Sharpening Rod 14 Inch, Fine Grit
$45.95 SAVE 25%
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Fallkniven Diamond Sharpening Oval Rod (12 Inch Diamond Rod) Black Composition Handle
$45.99 SAVE 25%
Hewlett C10 Kitchen Diamond Sharp, 10 x 9/16 Inch Sharpening Rod
$22.99 SAVE 14%
Lansky LSS13D Diamond Sharp Stick Butcher Steel, 13 Inch
$31.99 SAVE 39%
Victorinox Forschner 40586 Sharpening Steel, Black Nylon Handle, 14 Inch Round Regular Cut
$33.99 SAVE 24%
Lansky LSS13S Sharp Stick Steel, Tapered, 13 Inch
$21.99 SAVE 37%
Victorinox Forschner 40589 Sharpening Steel, 5 Inch Regular Cut, White Plastic Handle
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Hewlett K123 Three Step Kitchen Diamond Sharp, 10 Inch Sharpening Rod, Coarse, Medium and Fine Grit Sections
$35.99 SAVE 24%
Lansky LSS8CM Ceramic Sharp Stick, 8 Inch, Medium Grit
$9.99 SAVE 33%
Victorinox Forschner 40680 Sharpening Steel, 7 Inch Round Regular Cut, White Plastic Handle
$17.99 SAVE 23%
Hewlett P10 Gourmet Diamond Sharp, 10 x 3/4 Inch Sharpening Rod
$23.99 SAVE 22%
Lansky LSS9D Diamond Butcher Steel, 9 Inch
$23.99 SAVE 41%
Hewlett P12 Chef's Choice Diamond Sharp, 12 x 3/4 Inch Sharpening Rod
$27.99 SAVE 24%
Lansky LSS9S Sharp Stick Steel, Tapered, 9 Inch
$18.99 SAVE 36%

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