Best Overall: Shun Cutlery Premier Combination Honing Steel 9"
(Keep your knife collection in perfect condition with the Shun 9-inch Premier Combination Honing Steel. All knives naturally develop tiny bends through normal use. This honing tool corrects those bends – ensuring the sharpest part of your knife makes contact with the food.)
Best Budget: UltraSource Honing Steel, Smooth, 10"
(This sharpener steel is completely smooth. Choose smooth steel design for regular edge maintenance. A must have for professional butchers, chefs, food processors, and anyone else using knives all day that need consistent resharpening)
Editor's Choise: ZWILLING J.A. Henckels Double Cut Honing Steel
(Double cut honing steel with attractive plastic handle.. Double cut honing steel. Smooth enamel bottom works on all stovetops, including gas, electric, glass, ceramic, induction, and halogen. Manufactured in Japan)
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How do you use a honing steel?
To use a honing steel, you can straighten your blade from many different angles and approaches. It’s common to hold the honing steel with one hand and have your knife in the other. Point the steel downward so that it is vertically touching a sturdy counter or surface. Then, using swift strokes and light pressure, run the blade of your knife down the steel at a 15-degree angle. You’ll want to pull the knife toward your body so that the whole blade makes contact with the steel. Ten passes per side of the blade are usually effective to straighten a blade.
How often should you hone a knife?
Unlike sharpening, which only needs to be done a few times per year (for the average home cook), you can hone your knife much more frequently. A good rule of thumb is to hone your blade every three uses or so. If you use your knife for longer stints of time, you may want to hone even more frequently.
What is the difference between a honing steel and a sharpening steel?
A common misconception is that a honing steel can sharpen the blades on your knives. This is not true. Honing steels are used to straighten the edge of your blade. It is not able to physically shave off some of the dull edges of your blade and sharpen it in the way that a sharpening steel can. After using a honing steel, the knife may seem sharper because the blade has been straightened and is fully aligned. Sharpening steels actually take tiny bits of the blade off to allow for a fresh, super sharp blade. You can hone your knife more regularly, but sharpening only needs to be done a few times each year.
How often should the honing steel be used?
Many experts recommend using steel after each use of the knife. But if you are not a professional and only use a family knife, you should use a honing steel every 3-5 times using the knife.
Will honing steel wear out?
Honing steel can wear, but most will last for decades in a home kitchen. However, in professional kitchens, honing steels may need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years as they are used much more frequently.
Honing steels are a type of steel used for making tools and other metalworking equipment. They are available in a variety of colors, and can be either hard or soft. Hard honing steels are made to resist wear and tear, while soft honing steels are more pliable.