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Diamond Machining Technology CS2 12-Inch Ceramic Steel


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  • Sanitary plastic handle with large guard for safety
  • Unbreakable, lightweight, wear-resistant
  • Polished and refined edge is easily achieved with this ceramic sharpener
  • No oil is needed-sharpen dry
  • Durable construction will provide years of consistent performance and reliable service
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Diamond Machining Technology  CS2 12-Inch Ceramic Steel + DMT DS2E 12-Inch Diamond Steel Sharpening Rod, Extra Fine Grit + DMT DS2F 12-Inch Diamond Steel Sharpening Rod, Fine Grit
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number CS2
Item Weight9 ounces
Product Dimensions17 x 2 x 2.5 inches
OriginUSA
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Item model numberCS2
MaterialSteel
Item Package Quantity1
Warranty DescriptionProduct is unconditionally guaranteed; any product found to be defective will be replaced free of charge.
  
Additional Information
ASINB00009YV7S
Best Sellers Rank #55,822 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJune 4, 2003
  
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Product Description

Ceramic Kitchen Steel 12.00 in.

From the Manufacturer

Through a patented process DMT combined the finer abrasive characteristics of ceramic with a lightweight aluminum base to create an unbreakable, wear-resistant sharpener. Convenience of a traditional butcher steel and designed with a comfortable safety guard equipped handle. Ceramic offers he finest polished edge of all bonded abrasives and the right choice for regular touch-ups to maintain a razor sharp edge. Ceramic surface (7 micron / 2200 mesh) to achieve a polished edge. Rod: 12 by .5 (304 mm x 13 mm) Durable construction will provide years of consistent performance and reliable service For proper tool maintenance, woodworkers, chefs and other professionals rely on the superior quality and versatility of DMT products. Made in USA.

Customer Reviews

It's a great tool and very well made.
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I guess in the industry they ask would you hire again, well in this case I would not buy again.
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Keeps the edge on my knives very sharp and is easy to clean.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By GPMcG on January 11, 2009
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No offense, but if you are experienced in creating and maintaining a sharp cutting edge, you don't need this review. Just buy it!

If not, here is what you need to know. This tool doesn't sharpen, it hones. And if you hone your knives regularly, you may never, or rarely, need to sharpen them.

Sharpening is the process of creating a new cutting edge; honing refines or restores that edge. In my opinion the steel and diamond tools are sharpening tools and not very good ones. Graduated sharpening stones, or a professional, do a much better job.

I have a set of Katana knives which is over five years old and, with one exception, have never been sharpened, but are all razor sharp. They are honed regularly with a DMT ceramic rod. (The one exception arose as a result of some ill-advised hacking at a unseen bone, which produced large nicks.)

Try this. Take an ordinary butter knife and hold it facing away from you so that a light source will reflect off the blade. (I use the light in a range hood.) As you rotate the knife so that the light reflects off the edge you will see a broad band of reflected light. Dull knife, no cutting edge.

Now do the same thing with your sharpest knife. If it is sharp, you will not be able to see the edge. If you see localized bright spots, it needs to be honed, and this tool is what I would use. If it has large nicks, or it looks like the butter knife, it needs sharpening. Here, a diamond rod may work if nicks are not too large, but it feels to me like a crude way to do something which should be rather precise.

I chose this product primarily for the 12" length, which is helpful for longer knives. After several years of use and occasional cleaning to remove steel dust I am still very happy with its performance.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gregg Myers on January 11, 2007
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The purpose off a "steel" is to straighten out the tiny roll the blade edge develops as you use a sharp knife. This roll is what makes a knife start to feel dull. I've found that using this rod every time before I use the knife makes a terrific difference in how sharp the knife feels and how long the edge lasts.

This is the perfect tool to keep that super edge on your fine knives. A couple of very light (just enough presure to keep contact) strokes per side, at a shade more than the angle use to sharpen the blade, and that edge is straight and ready to glide through your food.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CyberpunkBebop on July 23, 2010
This product is a good option for people with intermediate level knives that come with highly sharpened/polished edges. For example Shun Classics, Messermeisters, or high-end F. Dicks (like the 1905 line).

The way to use this "steel" is to take your already sharp blade, and before each use swipe it 3 times a side (lightly) on this hone. Most of the knives that I mentioned come with a 20 - 15 degree polished edge from the factory. That's what makes them seem sharper than the average wusthof or henkels. So that is about the angle you want to swipe at. That is all that this steel should be used for; to re-align your blade's edge. Remember: the only job a steel/hone like this does is to RE-ALIGN your edge, not to sharpen it - that's what stones are for. To get all technical, yes, this does do some sharpening because it removes metal particles, BUT it is not intended to bring a dull blade to razor sharpness. Nothing is indestructible, and with repeated heavy usage this thing WILL wear down to the metal.

If you use this steel lightly, and frequently with a factory sharp blade like a Messermeister Merdian Elite, a home cook should not have to sharpen his/her edge on a stone for approximately 6 months. The key is to use this before each use, 3 times a side, to remove stray metal particles, polish, and realign your ALREADY (somewhat) sharp edge.

It is white for a reason - so that you can see the buildup of metal particles on the rod. This is a bad thing. Anyone who has experience sharpening knives knows that metal buildup on stones or ceramics = no more sharpening power. With stones a cure for this condition is a Nagura Stone. For ceramic rods the cure for this condition is something called the "Super Eraser." Search for it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kubes on August 14, 2008
This is not a flimsy kitchen store tool. It is very solid, commercial grade kitchen tool. Besides fitting my hand very well, I appreciate the unbreakable ceramic material the steel is made of. I have ordered several styles of DMT steels and have been very happy with the quality product that they provide.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Machiavelli on April 3, 2011
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I'm not as crazy about the DMT ceramic hone as I thought I'd be. With its published specs of 7 micron/2200 mesh I expected it to be finer and easier on my blades than it is. I sharpen my knives with water stones (I cheat and use an Edge Pro) so I don't want my hone to take off a lot of metal; I just want it to realign the edges between sharpening.

I have an Idahone 8" and am very pleased with it, but picked this up because I needed a 12". The Idahone is supposed to be around 1200 but does a much nicer job on my already sharp Japanese knives (58 HRC and up). On these very hard knives the DMT actually seems counter productive. However it works just fine on my wife's softer German knives (as does the Idahone).

Given that the Idahone is right around the same price and is available with the option of a nicer wood handle, I'd recommend that anyone in search of a good ceramic hone at this price point go with that one instead. As of this writing it's not available on Amazon, but it's not hard to find on the net.
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