Shun Classic Honing Steel

To guarantee top performance from your cutlery, use this steel to hone knife blades. The forged-steel rod helps restore a knife's sharp edge by trueing it - that is, smoothing and realigning the blade's cutting edge. Built-in 16-degree guide helps you hone at the correct angle. Rod is forged from high-carbon steel. Durable PakkaWood handle resists moisture and has a D shape, to sit comfortably in the hand. This NSF-certified steel meets the high-level safety standards for professional kitchens. Designed by Shun, a Japanese company that has produced fine cutlery for more than 90 years.
Average Customer Rating:
3.667 out of 5
3.7
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2 of 3(67%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
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Review 1 for Shun Classic Honing Steel
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
TheMartMan
Houston, TX
January 23, 2011
Would You Recommend? Yes
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The never ending quest
January 23, 2011
Sharpening and honing are two parts to the problem of keeping your kitchen knives sharp. Sharpening actually takes out some metal, while honing simply aligns the knife to optimal. So for everyday maintenance you want to hone the knife, especially the wonderful Shun knives with their razor sharp edges. I looked all over for this model, it is designed especially for Shun, with a guide to help you set the knife at their recommended 16 degreee angle. This is a solid feeling tool and it makes honing your knife a simple process.
Review 2 for Shun Classic Honing Steel
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
derooster
connecticut
January 23, 2011
Would You Recommend? No
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very confusing directions
January 23, 2011
In As Always Julia, the correspondance of Julia Child with Avis deVotto, both women write extensively about honing steels. Spurred on by their conversations on the importance of knives and keeping them sharp, i bought this honing steel.
Let me say, I am no novice around knives or kitchens, and these directions were abominable. Unable to dicipher HOW exactly to use this tool, i found a Utube video on Shun honing steels which was equally vague. The chef kept repeating that the honing steel is not a sharpening divice and is only used for keeping the knife blade straight. In comlplete confusion, I returned this tool. I will say that the handle felt very good in the hand and I adore all my Shun knives and only wish Shun did a better job of convincing me why I need and how to use the honing steel. It may well be a fantastic product with terrible directions but I can only give it one star.
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JJJN
Posted March 8, 2011
It's unfortunate you got confused
It's unfortunate because it sounds like what you saw on youtube was completely correct. There is a misconception that the device like this one you bought from shun will "sharpen" your knives, when they do not technically "sharpen" them. But for the layman, this can be just a matter of semantics.
If you were to imagine your blade at the microscopic level, looking at it down the blade from the tip, when your edge is in good shape it will be completely vertical. After use, and banging into your cutting board for a few days, instead of that edge being completely straight and vertical, the best way to imagine it would be like the letter J. The actual point or edge of your blade has curled over, at the microscopic level, like the bottom of the letter J. What the honing steel does is straighten it back out, so it's nice and straight and vertical again, let's say like the letter I.
Make sense?
Long story short - this product does exactly what it's suppose to do, which is realigning the edge. Rating it a 1 out of 5 because you don't understand the semantics or how to use the item seems unfair to me.
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Review 3 for Shun Classic Honing Steel
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Have2
Ballston Lake, NY
June 9, 2010
Would You Recommend? Yes
-4points
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My favorite honing steel
June 9, 2010
The stone was what I ordered. I have a Shun Chefs knife and wanted the same Brand Honeing steel. The delivery was very quick and I will order again from Williams-Sonoma
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