Essential to keep your knives in top condition.
No collection of WÜSTHOF knives is complete until you've added this essential maintenence tool!
Regular maintenance of your WÜSTHOF knives insures a lifetime of cooking pleasure. With regular use any knife's edge will lose its "bite". Under high magnification, you would see that the cutting edge itself actually consists of rows of tiny "teeth" which must be periodically realigned for optimum cutting performance.
The key to using a honing steel is holding the blade at a consistent 20 degree angle as you simulate the motion of the blade "shaving" off the surface of the honing steel itself. The "Tip Down" method shown here works best as it lets you always see the contact point of the knife and the steel.
At some point, any quality knife will require professional sharpening.
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