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Sharpening Steel Recommendations

jrad Nov 17, 2011 11:00 AM

Looking for some recommendations on an affordable sharpening steel, preferably for sale on Amazon. I don't need anything fancy, just whatever will get the job done with my dexter chefs knife.

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  1. RudysEquipment_Supplies RE: jrad Nov 17, 2011 12:42 PM

    Hewlett Diamond Steel

    1. Chemicalkinetics RE: jrad Nov 17, 2011 05:22 PM

      Do you want a steel-steel? If so, a smooth honing steel from VIctorinox or F. Dick are good choices. You want the steel to be long enough for your knife. These polished steel are all available at Amazon.

      You may want to consider a ceramic honing rod from Kyocera if you want some sharpening capacity instead of just honing:


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      1. re: Chemicalkinetics
        thimes RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 18, 2011 05:28 AM

        I was going to ask a similar question. Do you really mean sharpening steel? Typically a steel doesn't "sharpen" a knife it only hones the edge. Maybe you know that so I just wanted to make sure. If you knives are actually dull, a steel won't sharpen the edge typically.

        1. re: thimes
          jrad RE: thimes Nov 18, 2011 07:10 PM

          Yes, I meant honing steel. What is the ideal size for an 8'' chefs knife?

          1. re: jrad
            Chemicalkinetics RE: jrad Nov 18, 2011 07:20 PM

            Rule of thumb is that your steel should be at least as long as your knife. So a 8" Chef's knife should use a honing steel of 8" or longer. I am sure 6" will work too.

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