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The sharpening steel: minor maintenance service for your knife

A sharpening steel is extremely suited to make your knife that is losing its sharpness a bit sharper. Sharpening steels are really suitable for minor maintenance of a knife. A sharpening steel works best on soft steel. The sharpening steel must be harder than the knife in any case. A sharpening steel should not be confused with a ceramic or diamond sharpener. Those are made to slightly sharpen your knife.

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What does a sharpening steel do?

Every knife gets more blunt when used for cutting. Very small 'fins' are generated on the cutting surface of the knife. You cannot see those fins, we are not talking about 'bites' in the knife. A sharpening steel, harder than a knife, removes those fins or folds them. That makes the knife sharper again. A really blunt knife will not become sharper on a sharpening steel. That can only be done by using a whetstone or a ceramic sharpening rod.

How do I use sharpening steel?

Sharpening steels must always be larger than the knife you use. That's why various sizes are available. The knife's point must be placed on the tip of the sharpening steel by holding the handle and 'ground' from that position. The cutting edge of the knife faces you. Always keep a 20 degrees angle for European knives and a smaller angle (up to 15 degrees) for Asiatic knives. Now move the knife towards you while drawing the cutting edge over the sharpening steel (from the same angle). Repeat on the bottom of the sharpening steel to do the other side. Read more about the use on our information page.

How do you look after sharpening steel?

If you use your knives intensively you can regularly draw them over the sharpening steel. The result is that your sharpening steel becomes a little darker. You can clean it with a paper impregnated with olive oil or sunflower oil. Sharpening steels will wear out too, and must be replaced in time.

You can buy sharpening steels by Global, Wüsthof, Zwilling, Lion Sabatier and Goldhamster Solicut from knivesandtools.com.

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 Wusthof  Sharpening steel 9"

Sharpening steel 9"

 Zwilling J.A. Henckels sharpening steel 23 cm (9")

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Sharpening steel 23 cm (9")

 Zwilling J.A. Henckels ceramic sharpening steel

High Quality Zwilling J.A. Henckels Ceramic sharpening steel.

 Wusthof  Diamond sharpening steel 10"

Diamond sharpening steel 10"

 Wusthof  Diamond sharpening steel 9"

Diamond sharpening steel 9"

 Wusthof Grand Prix Sharpening Steel 26 cm (10")

Quality sharpening steel from the Grand Prix series
Overall length: 26 cm / 10 inch

 Wusthof Culinar Diamond sharpening steel 23 cm (9")

Wusthof Culinar Diamond sharpening steel 23 cm (9")

 Wusthof Sharpening steel oval, 8"

Sharpening steel oval, 8"

 Wusthof  Sharpening steel 10"

Sharpening steel 10"

 Wusthof Sharpening steel 12"

Sharpening steel 12"

 Wusthof  Sharpening steel 12" extra fine

Sharpening steel 12" extra fine

 Wusthof  Sharpening steel oval 12", extra fine

Sharpening steel oval 12", extra fine

 Wüsthof Classic Sharpening Steel 26 cm, 4472

Blade length: 25,5 cm
Overall length: 37,8 cm
Weight: 280 grams

 Wusthof IKON Sharpening Steel 26 cm (10")

High quality Wusthof Ikon sharpening steel.
Handle: Grenadill African Blackwood.
Useful length: 26 cm / 10 inch.

 Wusthof Classic IKON White Sharpening Steel 26 cm (10")

Wusthof Classic Ikon White Sharpening Steel 26 cm (10 inch)

 Wusthof Classic IKON Sharpening Steel 26 cm (10")

Wusthof Classic IKON Sharpening Steel 26 cm / 10 inch

 Robert Welch Signature sharpening steel, 2081V

Length rough part: 20.5 cm
Overall length: 35.3 cm
Weight: 275 grams

 Güde Alpha sharpening steel, 1055/26

Length steel: 25.5 cm
Overall length: 38.0 cm
Weight: 350 grams

 Güde Alpha Olive sharpening steel, X055/26

Steel length: 25.5 cm
Overall length: 38.0 cm
Weight: 335 grams

 Wüsthof Classic Chef's Knife 20 cm, 4582/20

Blade length: 19.5 cm
Overall length: 33.2 cm
Weight: 263 grams

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