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Wusthof 4455 10-Inch Sharpening Steel, Ceramic

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  • Ceramic sharpening rods; do not wear out
  • Useful on knives that are made of harder steel
  • 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 11 inches x 2 inches 1.5 inches x 18.5 inches x 2.5 inches 1 inches x 10.5 inches x 1 inches 2 inches x 14 inches x 2 inches
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When that time comes that you need to touch up the sharp edge of your Wusthof knife the 10" ceramic steel is a good option. The Wusthof 10 inch Ceramic steel can align your knife edge and unlike traditional steels, the Ceramic Steel also contains fine abrasives that will sharpen your knife as well as re-aligning the blade. Used like a traditional honing steel the ceramic is very fine and and can bring up a very fine edge.

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While most sharpening rods are only useful for realigning knife edges, those made of diamond dust or ceramic--as this rod is made of--actually do sharpen dull knives. An additional benefit to this sharpener’s ceramic shaft is that it never wears down as diamond coating eventually does. Simply hold the steel out in front of you and, with light pressure, draw the blade across the ceramic shaft from heel to tip at a 20-degree angle. Your blade should quickly be restored to its original sharpness. The sharpening steel offers medium to fine abrasion on knives and has a wide bolster to protect hands during the sharpening process. A polymer handle offers a comfortable grip and has a hole for hanging. The 10-inch length is sufficient for tackling all sizes of kitchen knives, from parers to slicers. --Cristina Vaamonde

Product Information

Product Dimensions 11 x 2 x 2 inches
Item Weight 7.5 ounces
Shipping Weight 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Wusthof
ASIN B0000DJYGT
Item model number 4455
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4.7 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #32,633 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#180 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Knives & Cutlery Accessories > Knife Sharpeners
#798 in Kitchen & Dining > Small Appliances > Specialty Appliances
Date first available at Amazon.com September 1, 2003

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I have a few very good knives, that I keep up after every use. This sharpening rod, has kept my knives razor sharp. I was even able to revive a good knife that I had let go too long.

Pro's:
Very easy to sharpen my knives, and keep them sharp.

Cons:
1. Metal tends to wear off of the knife and onto the ceramic, making the ceramic less coaese, and therefore not able to sharpen anymore. You have to wipe down the sharpening rod each time you use it, or it will become less useful.
2. No instructions to tell you about the best way to use the rod, or how to care for and maintain the rod.

Suggestions:
1. If you don't know how to sharpen a knife properly (I just learned myself), go to youtube and watch some how to's.
2. Practice on a knife you do not care about at first to get the feel of a ceramic sharpenning rod, especially If you have expensive knives and do not want to ruin them.
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The quality of this sharpener is on par with the Wusthof knives themselves. First class. I was struggling with getting a good edge from the standard steel sharpener. Several passes on the ceramic unit brought the knives back to factory sharpness. This is a must for those people serious about keeping their expensive Wusthof blades sharp!
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I bought one of theses Wusthof ceramic sharpeners when I started culinary school 6 years ago. It hasn't lost a bit of its grit after hundreds of thousands of swipes and is perfect for the ultra-hard steel of top Asian and German cutlery. Cleans up easily with soap and water or stone oil. I recently ordered a second one, but only because the first was stolen! This thing will be the last "honing steel" you ever buy.
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I own two sets of Chef Knives. Cutco and Wusthof. Both are fine instruments but, neither hold an edge worth a darn. I've tried several "steels", including the "V" type ceramic sharpening blocks and the sharpening systems recomended by both companies.

I recieved a gift certificate for Christmas so I thought what the heck I'll buy the Wusthof 4455 10 inch sharpening Steel/Ceramic. It is the best investment I have made in a long time. This Ceramic steel works like a champ. I have used it on every knife I own including my bread knives. This Ceramic puts a factory edge on knives with little effort. A few swipes and you are good to go.

No Cons about it. I would recomend this to anyone. In fact I dumped my other steels and this is the only one in my kitchen.

Enjoy and watch your fingers.
Mark
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It works great! I agree it is a little aggressive but I think it is appropriate for dull knives. Just be careful if you don't know what your doing. Maybe practice on an old (less expensive) knife until you get a feel for it. After you sharpen, you'll want to use the Honing Steel to finish it off. Good luck...
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If you're someone who just wants a sharp knife with minimal effort, this is the 'steel' (not) for you. I do a real sharpening of my knives only every few years, basically because I'm just lazy. :) This ceramic steel really keeps a nice edge on knives without frequent sharpening, but it accomplishes that by being a pretty aggressive sharpener. But, that's fine with me.
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For convenience and safety, I like to keep my knives at their sharpest. This ceramic sharpening "steel" does more than a traditional metal steel. It contains abrasives that will sharpen your knife as well as re-align the rolled edges of the blade.
Don't overuse it though as its mildly abrasive surface does remove tiny portions of the blade with each use, unlike its metal predecessor.
One more precaution... being ceramic, it is fragile and will shatter into pieces if dropped onto a hard surface such as a tiled floor or granite countertop. I keep mine in a drawer with only soft neighbors such as pot holders and oven gloves, in a trimmed back version of its soft surfaced shipping cradle.
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I have used many methods over the years to sharpen knives. Since the word sharp is subjective first then let me clarify what the term sharp means to me. The ability of the knife to cut thin slices from a tomato or to shave the hair from your arm easily. I have found that if I achieve that level of sharpness I have a knife that is a pleasure to use in the kitchen or in the field. The Wusthof has a grit of 800 and is coarse enough (and is so much harder than a steel) that it has the ability to put an edge on a knife rather than just straighten an edge as a steel would do. I have found it to be so easy to use I have stopped using any other method.of sharpening.
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