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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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Color Black Stainless Steel Black Black
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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Size: 12-Inch

When that time comes that you need to touch up the sharp edge of your Wusthof knife the 12" steel is a good option. This is the deluxe Wusthof 12" inch steel it has a slightly larger shaft and more substantial handle.it can realign your knife edge quickly and easily. Honing steels are often confused as sharpeners. Your honing steel will realaign your knife edge but will not put a new edge on it. In trying to explain what a honing steel does try to imaging your sharpening steel and your toothbrush. It is a maintaince tool that you use everyday. In the case of your knife this would be maintaining the knifes edge. Now eventually you would need to see your dentist. That would be a sharpener. This would be a more detailed and agressive action and they would actually remove metal from the edge of the knife. Much like a dentist would do to your teeth. Now to maintain healthy teeth you brush everyday. To maintain a sharp knife you should steel your knife everyday. And remember only go to the Dentist(sharpener) once or twice a year.

Product Details

Size: 12-Inch
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2 x 2 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00012F2M8
  • Item model number: 4474/32
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,166 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Size: 10-Inch
A lot of people assume that all sharpening steels are the same. That is not true.

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.
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Size: 12-Inch
Initially I didn't understand the steel - and what honing was. Even after I figured it out I didn't see the point until I ran into this incredible steel. Unlike the cheap little ones included with sets, this steel has a big enough diameter, long enough length, and incredible machining on the grooves to really effectively hone every time out. It also has an awesome molded handle and big chunky hanging ring (which you might need because a 12" steel will stick out of most blocks).

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.
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Wow - I read an article in Family Handyman about sharpening your own knives. They recommended starting out with the Wüsthof 2-Stage Knife Sharpener, then finishing with a sharpening steel.

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!
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Size: 10-Inch Verified Purchase
Some argue all steel's are the same, others say they aren't. I tend to believe they are all basically the same. Regardless, many want a steel that matches the brand and quality of their best knives, as I did. This 10" steel does exactly what it is supposed to however I am disappointed in the quality of the handle. I spent the extra money for the brand name and expectation of quality. The handle appears to be cheaply made, not attached well, and even the famous Wusthof logo was applied crooked. bummer.
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