How to Use a Knife Steel

Knife Steel
A Knife Steel is an essential part of your knife tool kit.

If you’ve taken the time to properly use a knife, then you’re going to want to take the time to properly use a knife steel. In the video below, I demonstrate how to use a knife steel.

First you want to get a firm grip on the handle and make sure your thumb and finger are tucked underneath the guard. Next, hold the steel out from your body at about a 45 degree angle. Take the knife and place the heel of the blade at the tip of the steel.

Come off and down the steel at a 20 degree angle. Go to the other side and repeat. Come all the way down. Do this about 10 times each side.

The more you practice, the faster you’ll get. Some people place the steel onto a secure surface with the steel on a cloth and the handle held secure. They may think this is safer that holding it in your hand, but that’s why you have a guard.

What the steel does to the knife blade is it hones it. It basically straightens it out. You have microscopic teeth on your knife blade, and when you use it often, they become a little warped. The steel straightens it out and gives you a better cutting edge.

Knife steels are sold separately, or they come in a knife set. I recommended a nice mid ranged price knife steel for your home. And if you use your knife on a daily basis, you’re going to want to use your knife steel on a daily basis.

AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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