Trying to make sense of the different F.Dick steels


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Trying to make sense of the different F.Dick steels

dessert_diva | Dec 4, 2010 01:53 PM

Okay, I'm utterly confused by the different types of honing/sharpening steels that F.Dick makes. Help?

I have a new Shun Bob Kramer knife (hoping to get another for Xmas! :-) ) plus I've just had all my older knives sharpened. I am determined to be conscientious about honing between EVERY use from now on. I initially bought a Chefs Choice diamond steel but now realize after much reading that this is in fact a 'sharpening' tool, not a daily use straighten-the-edge honing tool. For that, especially since I'm a newbie likely to make angle-mistakes, I should instead have either a completely smooth or at most an EXTREMELY finely grooved honing steel. I definitely want either an oval or flat one.

Looking at the F.Dick website I see the following but am not sure what the difference is between, for instance, the:

" Dick 2000: Flat steel, Super Fine Cut"

"Combi: 2 sides fine cut, 2 sides polished; square"

"Fine Cut Oval"

"Poliron: Polished, oval"

I'm assuming (perhaps wrongly??) that "cut" refers to the grooves in the first three steels? and that the polished one(s) have no grooves at all?

Recommendations between these four if any or all of them are what I need/want to have? Differences? pros/cons of each?

Many thanks in advance! The last thing I want to do is to mess up the new knives/newly sharpened edges! :-)

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