For most my life I thought I had some skill.
But lately, my knifes are happier than ever. I've combined some of the many techniques on Youtube with some of my own experience and the steel is really much sharper!
This is my latest setup.
Anyway, if you enjoy a sharpe knife, and would like to share your system, I would be very interest to hear about it!
Smith's pull thru sharpener and knife steel. The Smith's gets the blade edge at the correct angle and the steel puts the final sharp edge on. The knife gets really sharp and stays sharp for several uses. And the process only takes seconds.
The Smith's sharpener is reasonably priced and you can get replacement steel and ceramic teeth. Some say this method will take a toll on your blade over time. That's probably correct, but knives are meant to be used not set in a rack and looked at.
If you have never used a knife steel here is a Gordon Ramsey vid.
However, having spent a third of my life working in the middle east and eating gyro type street wraps the whole time, I can say that is not the way the street guys did it. They would hold the steel vertically and draw the knife blade down the steel toward the ground. Always tipping the blade at an angle into the steel.
BTW, a gyro is called a shawarma in the Arabian Gulf states.
I have to agree with some of the comments. I have sharpened all my shop tools, mainly planes and chisels, for years with water stones. I learned that one always works to push metal back from the edge. When I use a steel to hone my kitchen knives I have the sharp end away from me and push the blade away. That's the opposite of what the video shows. If I'm wrong, I'd love to know it.
They would hold the steel vertically and draw the knife blade down the steel toward the ground. Always tipping the blade at an angle into the steel.
I worked in a fish market for a couple years, and that is how I learned to use a steel.
In theory backwards to the direction I used now, pulling away (like in the video), rather than pulling towards (that would make a mess of your strop).
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