on steels

Sep 23, 1999
A steel is for re-aligning a perfectly good edge. A rough steel, though it aligns an edge, will actually wreck the edge at the same time! The grooves are rough but your edge is smooth, so you end up roughing up and weakening the edge moreso than with a smooth steel.

2 good brands of smooth steels are f.Dick and Razor's Edge. I really like the Razor's Edge folding steel. Yes, that is a folding steel! It has 2 rods that swing out from a handle, they are smooth, and you can remove the rods if you want and place them in the gooves on Sharpmaker stones and steel that way if you want. Check out the Razor's Edge folding steel for sure.
This was supposed to be under the steel thread about steels. I hit the post new thread button instead of the post reply button. Sorry :)