Steel Guide is a knife sharpening/honing steel manufactured by Dreamweaver Studios in Australia.
The Steel Guide is a honing steel and its purpose is to realign a useable edge already existing on a knife.
If an existing edge on a knife is too worn or damaged, then a new edge must be cut onto the knife with an abrasive such as a sharpening stone or a precision setter tool such as the "Bladesharpener" also available for purchase through this website.
The steel guide cone fitted near the handle enables the user to maintain a consistent angle on both sides of the knife's cutting edge.
The accuracy achieved in this steeling method ensures that the knife’s cutting edge maintains consistent maximum performance and an optimum level of blade sharpness. Incorrect steeling methods and steeling a knife blade at different angles on each side of a steel has long been known to be the major contributing factor resulting in a dull and blunt knife.
The Steel Guide is unlike any other honing steel commercially available in the world today.
We strongly recommend that you carefully read and follow the instructions outlined in our “User manual” and “video demonstrations” found on this web page before using the Steel.
When you order a Steel Guide steel you will note that there are 2 designs to choose from.
Each handle colour is unique giving each steel a personalised appearance. You can choose from 8 different handle colours from the shopping cart. No two handles are ever the same.
The “Chef Design” has a space between the cone guide and the finger guard. This design however, was not manufactured solely to be used by Chefs. The purpose of this design is to accommodate the larger knives used predominantly by Chefs and butchers etc. The back of the larger knife blade when placed flat on the cone guide of the Chef's Steel Guide sits above the finger guard allowing the larger knives to sit comfortably on the cone. Most knives can be used on this particular steel including boning, slicing, skinning, trimming knives etc. The larger surface area on the cone guide near the handle makes it easy to correctly position and align the knife before running the knife edge down the shaft of the rod.
The Chef's Steel Guide is designed to be used for knives with a primary cutting edge ranging from15 – 22.5 degrees.
The second model is called the “Base design.” The slightly smaller cone guide butts up against the finger guard. This design can be purchased with a 20 or a 25 degree angle cone guide. The “Base design.” was manufactured for the smaller knife blades including boning, slicing, trimming, skinning etc.
The 20 degree cone on the "Base design" accomodates knives sharpened to a 15 - 22.5 degree angle and the 25 degree cone is ideal for knives sharpened between 20 - 25 degrees.
Note: The rationale behind the Steel Guide cone angles is that the steeling angle should always be slightly greater than the knife angle.
The choice between the two models is a matter of personal preference and fitness for purpose.
Steel Guide measurements are:
Rod length = 8.5 inches
Rod width = 1/4 inch
Rod width = 1/4 inch
Chef Angle Cone guide = 1.75 inches long
Base model Cone guide = 1.25 inches long
Overall Chef design length including handle = 17 inches
Overall Base model length including handle = 16 inches
The Steel Guide rod is made from a very hard steel and is etched to create microscopic pits that really grab that cutting edge as the knife is lightly drawn down the shaft. You can hear the difference as you steel the knife edge and feel the difference as your knife performance is elevated to an optimum level.
We recommend to use a knife sharpening setter or jig such as the “Blade sharpener” to accurately cut an edge onto your knife prior to using the Steel guide steel. However, we happily acknowledge that experienced knife sharpeners also have the ability to achieve "scary sharp" results on conventional sharpening stones such as a diamond stone. Please note that abrasives such as diamond stones that are used with the "Bladesharpener" are not included in our advertised price and must be purchased seperately.
The Steel Guide steel, as with any other honing steel device does not claim to resharpen a misused blunt knife or bring a dull lifeless knife back from the dead. It's purpose is to maintain the optimum sharpness level on the knife by enabling its user to achieve a consistent & accurate angle on both sides of the knife’s cutting edge while steeling. Considerable research and scientific consultation has also been invested by the manufacturers in the development of the metallurgical composition of the Steel Guide rod which utilizes a unique etching process.
Numerous trials have been conducted to validate the effectiveness of the Steel Guide steel utilizing a wide range of commercially available knives of all shapes and sizes.
The following business and Industry sectors were consulted during the trial process
· Meat processing facilities that process Beef, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens and game meat
· Boning, Slicing, Slaughtering, Trimming, Butchers Apprentices & General Butchering tasks
· Restaurants and Chef colleges
· Commercial kitchens
The Anago knife sharpness tester was also utilized to validate the outstanding consistent knife sharpness levels achieved particularly when the Steel Guide steel was used in conjunction with the “Bladesharpener” and a knife profiled to a convex edge.
Finally, our team are passionate about knife sharpening and the benefits to business, Industry and for that matter anyone working with knives.
We also offer specialist knife sharpening training & a workshop incorporating the latest sharpening solutions that have been tried and proven as well as being simple and inexpensive. Our program enables your business to compare and benchmark the effectiveness of your current knife sharpening system and training program in an objective and constructive manner.
The Steel Guide design is a "Registered design" and protected through our Patent Attorneys.