Smith’s Diamond Sharpening Rod

Best Honing Steel | 10 Inch Oval

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Smith's Diamond Sharpening Rod A thirty-second lesson on knife sharpening before we dive in on this Smith's sharpening rod -- if you've got a decent set of kitchen knives, you'll want to keep them in good shape by frequently using a steel on them, and periodically sharpening them. Steeling realigns your edges after everyday use, while sharpening removes a bit of metal and exposes a thinner, sharper edge.

Properly maintaining your edges can keep them in good shape, dramatically reducing the time between sharpenings. For that reason alone, it makes sense to get a decent steeling rod to go with your decent set of knives.

So what makes a decent steeling rod? For one thing, it should be smooth and not grooved like the rods that come with many inexpensive knife sets. For another, it should be long enough to handle your longest knife. And finally, it should provide a secure grip with a decent guard so that you don't nick your fingers.

And that's where the Smith's diamond rod comes in. It meets all of those requirements and then some. It's long -- at ten inches it's long enough to take on an oversized Chef's knife. It's smooth -- you won't find any grooves here that could potentially chip your edges. And it's got a rubberized grip that feels very comfortable in your hand.

But this rod goes further than that -- it's surface is oval-shaped and is coated with diamond. The oval shape means that you'll have more of the rod in contact with your edges when steeling -- definitely a time-saver. The diamond surface means that this rod will also do some sharpening while it does its job. It's not enough to rework a worn edge, so you shouldn't consider this a replacement for true sharpening. But if you use this rod regularly, you'll find that you need to sharpen much less frequently.

Some purists might complain that a steeling rod's job should simply be to realign and not to sharpen. It's a fair complaint, but probably nothing to worry about. Certainly not enough to keep me from giving this rod the thumbs-up.

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