Wusthof is a family owned German company that has been in business since 1814, and today is in its seventh generation of family ownership. This 10 inch sharpening steel is magnetic which attracts metal fibers. The plastic handle is slip resistant and comfortable to hold. There is a small loop on the handle that enables you to hang the steel up when it is not in use. The steel also fits easily into most knife blocks. After each use you can wipe the steel clean with a damp cloth. This ten inch steel will also realign your knife edge. The sharpening steel carries a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects.
Customers on Amazon gave this product 4.7 out of 5 stars. Warren J. Dew said it took only one to two swipes to get a razor sharp edge versus his other steels which took four to ten swipes. He mentioned one downside which is that the steel extends about half an inch into the plastic handle. Several customers mentioned that the handle was not attached well, and the steel will eventually fall out, but it is easy to put back in. Joshua Feldman liked the big chunky hanging loop as an alternative to using a knife block to store the steel. He also said that this steel has a large enough diameter, long enough length, and the machining on the grooves is ideal for effective honing every time you use the steel. Ralph Scott highly recommends this steel and said the life of his knives has been extended with just a few strokes. Great German-made knife sharpening steel and solid #3 on our list.