What do you call this thing?

September 1, 2018 at 21:45:41
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I know what it is. I know what it does. I know how it works.
I know how to use it.

But I'm not sure what to call it.

And I suspect that many, perhaps most people who think
they know what it is for actually don't know. In part because
they call it by an inappropriate name. But I don't know an
appropriate name.

I'm talking about the metal rod, usually having tiny grooves
all along its length, with a handle to hold it, that often comes
with sets of kitchen knives.

You know what I'm talking about. You've probably used one
many times.

What do you call it? What do you think it is for?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
September 1, 2018 at 23:18:05
You mean honing steel? It helps maintain a knife's edge.

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September 2, 2018 at 06:55:08

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#3
September 2, 2018 at 10:35:26
Yes, riider, but that doesn't answer the questions I asked.
I asked what YOU call the thing, and what YOU think it is for.

Anyone else?

Interestingly, what is probably the most appropriate name for
the thing is implied in the Wikipedia article, but not actually
stated explicitly as the several misleading names are.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
September 2, 2018 at 11:47:36
It goes by many names. Apparently the best name is "honing steel" as per Razor & wikipedia. I've always called it a sharpening rod but it's really not for sharpening, it's just for cleaning up minor imperfections. The wikipedia article explains it pretty clearly. There are plenty of other explanations out there if you'd care to look for them.

https://www.thekitchn.com/did-you-k...


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#5
September 2, 2018 at 21:40:01
Yes, I read the Wikipedia page you linked the last time the
question of the proper name for the thing came up, a few
months ago. I already knew that it is for straightening bent
edges, not "honing". What I did not know is that the word
"burnishing" could describe what it does. It is a synonym
for "smoothing". I guess that works. It is certainly better
than "honing" or "sharpening". But what I'm trying to find
out is how many people know that. The article doesn't say
that anyone calls it a "burnishing steel".

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#6
September 18, 2018 at 13:23:03
Thanks for mentioning it!

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