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So which direction are you supposed to hone knives?

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So which direction are you supposed to hone knives?

truth1ness | Nov 12, 2011 11:51 PM

I see conflicting instructionals about how to hone knives with a steel, namely the direction to face the knife. They all say to have about a 20 degree angle, but some have the sharp end of the knife going Into the steel while others have it away from the steel. It's a bit hard to describe in text so here's two videos:

Towards the steel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUdrRE...

Away from the steel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syvvxx...

Is one better than the other? Are there certain cases or knives that do better with one or the other?

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