Does the steel really make the difference?

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Does the type of steel really matter as long as it hones ones blade to its users delight? What do y'all thing and what are some brands I could compare hand and hand? Do the diamond steels really make the difference or will my average non diamond infused steel do the same job? Y'all decide
 
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Joined May 14, 2014
"Type of steel" = honing rod? Stay away from diamond steels, they don't "hone," they sharpen- and poorly, leaving you with a rough, poorly defined edge. And, the type of steel can make a difference, depending on your knife. E.g., if you have a knife harder than your steel, the steel won't hone it & may get damaged.
Coarse, fine, smooth, ceramic, and stropping- they all have their adherants. Seems to be largely a matter of taste.
 
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