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Wusthof 12-Inch Sharpening Steel
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- 12-Inch sharpening steel
- Magnetic steel that attracts metal fibers
- Slip-resistant plastic handle fits comfortably in the hand
- Loop on the handle for hanging
- Wipe clean with a damp cloth after each sharpening session
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|Dimensions||2 inches x 16 inches x 2 inches||1 inches x 17.5 inches x 0.5 inches||3.5 inches x 9 inches x 1.5 inches||1.5 inches x 18.5 inches x 2.5 inches|
|Item Package Weight||1.06 pounds||0.75 pounds||0.75 pounds||0.7 pounds|
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I've owned this sharpening steel for about 6 years. It replaced a steel I had been using for about 20 years. I usually hone my knives between every use. With my previous steel, it typically took 4-10 swipes to restore a razor edge, with occasional resharpening using an alumina (corundum) stone; with this steel, I can get the same razor edge in 1-2 swipes, and never need to use the stone.
This is consistent with some hardness measurements I've seen on the web, which indicated that Wusthof sharpening steels were significantly harder than those from other major manufacturers, including their closest competitor, Henckels.
There is one downside to this steel: the steel itself only extends about half an inch into the plastic handle. If you just plop it into its slot in the knife block after each use, the steel will eventually fall out of the handle. It's not terribly difficult to force the steel back into the handle, though, and I can put up with having to do that every few years in exchange for the pleasure of using this steel on my knives.
Why use a steel to hone? Stainless steel is ductile and the edge of a knife is a place where the steel is very very thin. In use the very edge will bend or fold over microscopically. Then, then next cut you make will be on what will be on the fold - rather than on the sharp edge. These micro folds can be straightened out by the use of a Steel - a process called "honing". Honing involves wiping the blade across a hard steel rod which has a large number of tiny parallel grooves cut in it. When the wiping motion is done like carving - at the angle the edge is ground - the steel literally unfolds the edge and gives the fine edge a micro ripple. In this way, steeling a sharp knife that has recently gone dull is like magic - full sharpness is immediately restored. Over time, however, all this cutting and steeling will actually wear metal away from the edge, or some folds will become permanent and the edge itself will become dull and the knife will need to be sharpened.
"Steeling", or "honing" is emphatically NOT "sharpening". These are two fundamentally different knife care techniques. In short, the steel restores the edge as much as it can, without removing metal; and the sharpening actually removes metal to grind a new edge.Read more ›
So... We've had knives that I've tried to sharpen before but didn't know how. Was a pain in the butt. So we kept getting new knives. Now we have a drawer full of them.
I bought this steel and the 2-stage sharpener, pulled a dull knife out of the drawer, and about 5 minutes later the thing was SHARP! So I kept going, and now we have a drawer full of super sharp knives that are a PLEASURE to use.
The secret here is to use the carbide part of the 2-stage sharpener for really dull knives. Run it through enough times 'till it "catches" on your fingernail when you slide it down (perpendicular, not parallel...). Then go to the ceramic part and slide the knife 10 or so times. Both are set up so the knife is held at the correct angle.
Finally, pull out your steel, place it TIP DOWN on a cutting board. Position your knife so it's at about a 25 degree angle to the steel. Easy to do if you start at 90 degrees, then cut that in half to 45, then cut in half again. Then firmly but gently run the blade down the steel, pulling it toward you as you slide it downward.
Do that a few times on each side, and you're guaranteed a sharp edge.
The way to keep it sharp is to run it down the steel a few times each time YOU FINISH USING IT. Cutting with the knife will cause very fine deviations in the edge of the blade. Running it on the steel straightens the edge back up.
i love things that make my life easier. This does so, and at a good price. And... I threw away two other sharpening steels after using the Wüsthof. A previous reviewer mentioned how quickly it works, and he's right!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very nice, I thought I could not find another steel as good as my old one. This one surpasses, puts on a razor edge. Love it.Published 16 days ago by Tom T.
handle plastic could be more user friendly, I find it hard and without a solid grip. steel quality is goodPublished 25 days ago by scott klandl
Remember, 14 degree angle, slide the knife downward, with a slight arc to cover the curve of the blade.
Really happy with this, wish I had bought it sooner.
Perfect size, and works great. My last sharpening steel was actually soft enough that the knife would cut into it even at the proper angle. Read morePublished 1 month ago by War2d2