How Do You Use A Knife Sharpening Steel?
How To Use A Knife Sharpening Steel When we use a whetstone to sharpen a knife, what we’re doing is reshaping its cutting edge by grinding away tiny amounts of the blade. And while it’s the best way to sharpen a knife, all that grinding can leave the knife’s edge rough and uneven. Using a knife steel, also called a sharpening steel or honing steel, helps smooth out that roughness, leaving a nice, straight edge.Difficulty: EasyTime Required: 1 minuteHere’s How: • With your left hand (or your right hand if you’re left-handed), hold the sharpening steel point-down, with its tip resting firmly on a dry cutting board — as if it were a large nail you were about to hammer into the board. • With your other hand, hold the knife crossways against the steel with the back of the blade (the part nearest the handle) touching the steel. You’re going to be pulling the knife backward, toward you, so you want to start with mos