Types of Steels

Regular Steel

A regular steel is used on a knife that is in good condition but could use just a bit extra sharpness. It doesn’t actually remove any material from the edge but it realigns the microscopic metal parts at the edge. Therefore a regular steel can be used frequently without causing much wear.

Regular Sharpening Steel

Polished / Smooth Steel

A polished steel is much like a regular steel, but is used to achieve a much finer edge. When used on a knife that is in good condition you can bring up a razor sharp edge.

Polished or Smooth Sharpening Steel

Ceramic Steel

In contradiction to a regular steel, a ceramic steel does remove some material from the edge of the knife. Therefore it can be used on knives that can not be sharpened using a regular sharpening steel anymore. A ceramic steel may break if dropped on the floor.
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Diamond Steel

Diamond steels give the quickest result, provided that they are used the right way. They will give your knife an edge in just a few strokes, but remember when using a diamond coated steel you are removing material. This method will eventually remove enough material to make the edge too thick to sharpen with a steel, requiring the knife to be reground.

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