A good honing steel is essential for keeping knives sharp and at the ready. While most steels can only hone a knife blade, this tool can also gently sharpen it. The key to its impressive performance is the oval shape of the ceramic rod, which optimizes efficiency by exposing more surface area than typical cylindrical steels. Maintains the razor-sharp edge of most knife blades between sharpenings; do not use on serrated or scalloped blades. Stainless-steel handle is seamlessly constructed and textured for a good grip.