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The Ultimate Edge 12W 12-Inch Oval Diamond Sharpening Steel

4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • 12 inch by 3/4 inch oval, 600 grit diamond
  • Made of microcrystalline diamonds bonded with nickel to oval steel shaft
  • Works with serrated knives; also files glass, crystal, and china
  • Lightweight, versatile and easy to use
  • Rugged plastic handle has hanging hole
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Product Description

Product Description

The Ultimate Edge Model 12W Professional is the ideal sharpener to meet the demands of a commercial enviroment. 12 inch by 3/4 inch oval.

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Although steels often are touted as sharpening tools, few actually sharpen knife blades, but they do perform the vital task of realigning, or resetting, edges, which bend when contacting a cutting surface or other hard object. Because this tool's rod contains microcrystalline diamonds bonded with nickel to an oval steel shaft it's hard enough to somewhat sharpen a blade. Using this steel won't replace a professional sharpening job, which proceeds from coarse grinding to ever-finer grinding at tightly controlled angles. However, it will lengthen intervals between sharpenings better than a steel without diamonds because it accomplishes the final task of a professional sharpening, which is polishing the edge with its 600-grit mesh to a fine point.

The rule is that a steel should be at least as long as the knife blade being drawn across it and this steel's 12-inch rod is short for most household knives. Lightweight and durable, the tool has a rugged plastic handle with a hanging hole, can be used for serrated knives as well as straight-edge blades, and also is useful for filing glass, crystal, and china. --Fred Brack


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches ; 5.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00005Q5IH
  • Item model number: 12W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,270 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Customer Reviews

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If your knives are dull, chances are you need to sharpen them before you need to hone them. Get a diamond-impregnated steel such as this one. This steel will quickly sharpen your knives. Don't try to sharpen your knives with the honing steels that come with most knive sets or that are popularly available or you'll wreck the honing steel as well as waste a lot of elbow grease. They say to use a steel at least as long as your knife. I don't have any 12" knives, but I like the little extra room for error...
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By luckylogan on September 14, 2006
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I am writing a review after using this product for a few months now. Despite the self-proclaimed hype about sharpening knives, this steel does not work better than my other one from Wushtof. The only thing I like better about this one is the fact that it is longer 12" (compared to my 10" wushtof). Also, this steel started to rust (yes, rust) at the top end near the plastic cap. Sorry, I wanted to like this but it definitely did not not meet my expectations from the other reviews and the product description.
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By NamtaBmeye on January 9, 2007
Item was as advertised. I used a neighbors for several years prior to finding this on Amazon. Very pleased with its ability to sharpen and hone a knife to a razor sharp edge.
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I have been using this sharpener for over 3 years and am buying one for my daughter who has just invested in high quality knives. I learned about this in a Culinary Institute of America class and it is effective and easy to use. I like the 12" length which is sufficient even for my 10" French Chef's knife. I prefer to sharpen, 4 to 6 swipes each side, right after I wash the knives almost every time I use them to keep them razor sharp and at the ready. Even with this amount of sharpening there is no noticeable lessening of the blades, which is one downside to this type of sharpener as opposed to a honer, which just takes the burrs off.

The techniques that I was taught is to keep the knife angle at the width of two pennies and swipe alternating sides.

With this tiny amount of effort you will be able to slice a very ripe tomato beautifully all the time!
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I've had this sharpener for about a year, and it never fails to amaze me at how sharp it gets my knives. The only problem is that they're so sharp they can draw blood without my ever knowing I've been cut. I've used it on really old knives that I thought were hopeless, and they've been turned into razors. This steel will even sharpen dull serrated knives once you learn the technique. Awesome product and worth every cent!
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Product worked great to sharpen/realign all the kitchen knives we use every day. Some of the less sharp knives need about 12 - 15 passes but they work great now. Would recommend this product to a friend.
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I make kitchen knives that I give to my friends and family and one of the suggestions that I give my "customers" is to buy a 12" Ultimate Edge. The Ultimate Edge is just about the only sharpening tool that is needed for home knife sharpening. The Ultimate Edge is the best diamond stick sharpener that I have ever used. There are two tricks to sharpening a typical kitchen knife. The first trick is being able to know when (and where) the knife is sharp. If the edge of a shap knife is touched to your thumbnail it will feel "sticky" a dull edge will feel smooth and just slide off of your thumbnail. You can try this with your own dull blades and then try a new pocket knife at a sporting goods store. Knives can be dull along part of the blade (most usually at the tip) and sharp along another part. The object is to get the the blade sharp along the full length so you touch, touch, touch....along the full length of the blade to find out where it is't sharp and dull. A dull edge will also reflect light so that can be used to confirm what you determined with your thumbnail.

The next trick is to be able to get the blade at the right angle for sharpening. First take a Sharpie and blacken the cutting edge. That is pretty easy to do, just run the Sharpie along the full length of the blade right at the beveled cutting edge. Next hold the Ultimate Edge as verticle as possible and swipe the blade for its full length down the UE. Don't push hard and go slow. Now look at your Sharpie mark. Did you "sharpen" most of it away? If so you have the right angle! If not, mark will show you whether you need to steepen or flatten your angle. Don't push hard and go slow. Do the other side.
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This product is awesome in my kitchen. This is the best knife sharpener out of all that I have owned. I actually bought three of them. Gave one to my boyfriend for Christmas and kept the other as a spare for when I need a new one.
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