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The Ultimate Guide To Honing Steel Knives

 

What Does "Honing" A Knife Mean, Anyway? 

If you’ve ever watched any cooking channel shows, then you’ve likely seen a top chef seductively swiping their knife over one of those long rods called a honing steel. What are they actually doing? If you thought they were sharpening their knife, you’d be wrong.

 

In fact, they are honing the edge of the knife. See, the edge of a knife is very thin and can get microscopic dents that put the edge out of alignment. When the edge is bent like this, it takes away from the sharpness and reduces the prowess of each cut. While you may think it's time to get your knife sharpened, all you really need to do is bend the edge back in shape with your honing steel!... 

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