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Wüsthof - 10" Knife Sharpening Steel with Loop
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- 10-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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When that time comes that you need to touch up the sharp edge of your Wusthof knife the 10" steel is a good option. The Wusthof 10" inch steel 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.
A sharpening steel is an indispensable tool for keeping your knife collection in its best cutting shape. This 10-inch Wüsthof model is made for the job, with a sturdy non-slip handle and a magnetic steel that attracts metal fibers while you sharpen. The tool's square handle provides a good grip and allows easy revolution of the steel to spread the work around its surface. Fitted with a loop for hanging storage, the steel also stashes tidily in most knife blocks. --Emily Bedard
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Note to some. This is the same thing as a honing steel. They do the same thing. Even though this is called a sharpening steel, it isn't meant for a dull knife. It's meant for daily or near daily conditioning of the knife edge. Daily means when it's used of course, not pulling your knives out of the drawers and conditioning each one. If you do light cutting, you don't need to use each time, but if you are cutting through dense things and coming down hard on a cutting board then you need to use it each time. The edge gets tiny damage that honing will take care of.
Even using this the way you should, you will have to sharpen your knives every so often, and the time duration depends on your usage so it's impossible to when. Basically you remember how well the knife cut when you first got it. When honing doesn't get you back to that, then you either sharpen it with something made specifically for that or you take you knifes to a person who has a good reputation who understands blade angles and will ensure they sharpen your knives at the correct angles.
As you probably know, you should use this every time you use your knife to keep the knives sharp. Never did discipline myself to do that until now and it has really been great! My new knife still feels razor sharp.
Talked to a guy in a cutlery shop and he was under the impression that, for German steel, get a German steel.. make sure it's about 2" longer than your longest knife. He also suggested to get a mid-range steel. Don't go broke, but don't go cheap. I felt like this was perfect.
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!
The knives' blades are sharpened with several quick strokes across their lengths on both sides of the blades. It's the small grooves that are scored into the steel that sharpen the knives. Unless you keep an electric knife sharpener on your kitchen counter, this is the only fast way I know of to handily sharpen the blades before using them.
The quality of Wusthof is important to me. If it is to you, too, this sharpening steel tool is a good choice.
After taking my set to be sharpened the last time, I asked the owner of the shop what he would suggest for maintenance of the newly honed edges.
This sharpening steel is what he suggested.
A few quick swipes before every several uses and my edges are restored. Often as I am making a salad, I don't notice the sharpness until I cut into a tomato. When my knife doesn't effortlessly slide through, I just wash it off, give it several swipes, wash it off again, then resume use - - - edge is restored.
This steel is nicely weighted and balanced, has a comfortable non slip handle that fits well in both my and my husbands hands, and does a great job with little effort.