Some years ago, my husband gave me a beautiful set of Henckel knives for my birthday, but forgot something to keep them sharp with. As I was very inexperienced at the time, not to mention intimidated by using a steel, I purchased this J.A. Henckels International Hand Sharpener. It was very reasonably priced, restored the edge perfectly and effortlessly. As you would with a honing rod or sharpening steel each time that you pull out a knife, I run it through the slot a couple of times and voilà. I have been very happy with the results that I have gotten over these many years.