Tired of working with dull knives in the kitchen? A sharpening steel can help, as you can use it to sharpen the blades of your knives quickly and easily. We have summarized all the important information about sharpening steels in a checklist for you. In our product recommendations.
- The longer the blade of a sharpening steel, the longer knives you can sharpen with it. With a blade about 20 cm long, you can perfectly sharpen knives with a length of about 20 to 23 cm if handled correctly. For longer knife blades up to about 30 cm, you need a sharpening steel with a blade about 25 cm long.
- Sharpening steels are available with round and oval blades.
- The diameter of a round blade should be at least 1 cm, so that the contact surface of the knife edge is not too small.
- Oval blades generally offer a larger contact surface so that the pressure is distributed more widely when the knife is honed and the result is more even.
- The hardness of a sharpening steel blade must be higher than the hardness of the knife blade so that the sharpening steel will not be blocked by the knife.
- The hardness must be sufficiently high so that the fine-rough surface of the sharpening steel is not smoothed. Usually, sharpening steel blades have a hardness of at least 65 to 68 HRC (Rockwell hardness). The hardness should not be lower, as many knife blades also have a hardness of at least 60 HRC.
- Classic sharpening steels have, as the name suggests, a blade made of steel.
- A further development are sharpening steels with a ceramic blade. These blades have a core of steel and are coated with ceramic. Ceramic is very hard and wear resistant. However, ceramic is also brittle and fragile. A ceramic blade has a similar function to a whetstone. The knife blade is not only honed, but also very finely ground at the same time.
- Most sharpening steels are equipped with a handle made of plastic . It is important that the handle is ergonomically shaped so that the sharpening steel fits comfortably in the hand and can be held securely while sharpening the knife.
- Also important is that the handle is thickened on the side of the blade or has a so-called parry bar , which prevents the knife from hurting your fingers while sharpening.
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FAQ About Sharpening Steel
How long does a sharpening steel last?
If a sharpening steel is only used to sharpen kitchen knives, a good quality sharpening steel can be used for several years. If used daily, a sharpening steel will last about 1 to 2 years.
How to sharpen knives with a sharpening steel?
The blade of the knife should always be pulled along the entire length of the sharpening steel at a 15° angle, alternating left and right. Make sure that you either wear a cut-resistant glove or that there is enough safety distance between the blade and your hand.
What is a good sharpening steel?
What makes a good sharpening steel depends on your individual preferences and budget. For Damascus knives or other high quality knives, a ceramic or diamond sharpening steel should be used. For stainless steel knives, an ordinary sharpening steel will do.
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