Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! However I tell him to? He's a good cook, just doesn't know anything about knives. I couldn't make up my mind on a kitchen knife so I bought him a cheap gift short term. I still plan on buying him a nice kitchen knife or starter set as an upgrade to what he has. I'm new to knives and I'm currently exploring. I picked up a steel from Shun and strop for him. Why does the sharpening matter?