The sharpening steel is indispensable used in conjunction with Wicked Edge. Once you have sharpened your knife, you use the steel to 'turn' the burr to the precise angle you prefer for scraping. You continue to use the steel to restore your edge until you need to re-sharpen.
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F. Dick Micro 12 in.
Roger Miller Steel
Roger Miller's sharpening steel is the 'gold standard' in sharpening steels. Scroll down until you see "Burnishing Rod"
Hocktools Burnishing Rod
The Hocktooks Burnishing Rod is a great 'budget' steel. At only $18, it represents a excellent value for students. It is also a great portable steel for quick touch-ups to carry with you to rehearsals. It does not come with a handle. The Nicholson handle shown below is highly recommended.
This is a handle that fits the Hock Tools sharpening steel. It is highly recommended, especially for students.