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12-Inch Sharpening Steel
Product number: 50080
Manufacturer: Smith's Abrasives
List price: $12.99
Warranty: Limited against defects in materials and manufacturing
Dimensions: 17" x 2" x 1.5"
Weight: 8.6 oz
Composition: stainless steel, plastic handle
Other versions: Smith's 9" Sharpening Steel
Type:Sharpening steel
Color:Metallic, black
Ambitions
Apparent goal: kids gift/registry home kitchens restaurants everywhere
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Diet/nutrition: does not apply scary empty promises helpful essential
Green?: not especially neutral mixed blessing earth friendly green!
Innovative: step back standing still progress trendy genius
Problem solving: no better baby steps solid steps giant steps a revelation
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Utility/Quality
Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet green
Clean-up: nightmare wipe clean soap & water scouring pad dishwasher
Does it work?: not at all adequately well very well perfectly
Availability: airfare required online kitchen store department store supermarket
Packaging
Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive
Economy
Time saving: time wasting not really modest substantial huge
Labor saving: less efficient marginal a bit noticeable remarkable
Money saving: money wasted none $ $$ $$$
Where will it live?: garage/attic drawer cabinet countertop block/rack
Summary
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfies exceeds home run
How often used: once/twice ≥daily ≥weekly ≥monthly ≥yearly/holidays
Worth the space?: no does not apply w/unlimited space w/limited space absolutely
Need it?: a luxury discretionary basic equipment for serious cooks get it
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments:"Sharpening steel," as we all know, is a misnomer. A steel doesn't actually sharpen a knife (which involves grinding away the old weak edge and reshaping a new stronger edge). The sharpening or honing steel is used to realign or straighten the edge of a knife, which is microscopically thin and folds over on itself with use. The regular use of a sharpening steel can keep the edge straight between sharpenings. If a knife is really dull, a sharpening steel will not help.

One is not necessarily looking for tons of innovation in world of sharpening steels, but this one, from a leader in the production of knife honing and sharpening tools, features an oversized hand guard and a hanging ring for easy access

Like a knife, a sharpening steel will lose its ridges with continued use, so if you've been using the same steel that came with the knife set you received as a wedding present, it may be time for a new sharpening steel. It is a very modest expense.



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