A “Steel” is used to touch up an already existing or “established” sharp edge.

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A “Steel” is used to touch up an already existing or “established” sharp edge.

As you work with your knife, cultivate the habit of steeling your knife before cutting. 

If your kitchen knife is wet, wipe your knife dry before steeling the blade. Your fingers should always remain behind the guard. If your steel does not have a guard, you should consider purchasing a replacement.

If you would like a video lesson on "How to Steel Your Kitchen Knife,"  follow the link.

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Smart Kitchen teaches how to steel your knife in Lesson 2: Basic Knife Skills, Topic 2: Knife Construction & Maintenance, Exercise 4: Steeling Your Knife.

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