In this video, you’ll see how to keep your knives sharp using a knife steel—the rod-like tool that came with your new knife. If you have a knife steel, chances are you never use it. But you should; the knife steel will help keep your sharpened knives sharp much longer. A knife steel won't actually sharpen a knife, it just helps keep it sharp longer. There’s a definite technique to running the blade across the steel; you have to hold the knife at a certain angle. And in this video, you’ll see how it’s done. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy. You’ll also see a visual demonstration showing what the knife steel is actually doing to your knives to help keep them sharp. You’ll also see why a dull knife will never be made sharp by running the blade along a knife steel. For more, see our video on Basic Knife Skills.