How To Choose A Knife Sharpener
Butcher Steel/Honing Rod
Dexter Russell butcher steels are the perfect tools to hone and maintaince the edges of your knives. Honing is the process of realigning the teeth (the microscopic metal fibers) which keeps the blade sharp. When done on a regular basis your knives will feel new every time you use them. A sharp knife is safer than a dull knife. The more dull your knife is the more force you have to use increasing the chance for the knife to slip and cut you.
Diamond sharpeners shave the steel away from the blade to create a new edge. If your knife is maintained properly you will only have to sharpen your knives a couple of times a year.