I recently bought a set of new Japanese kitchen knives, and I need to get a honing steel and cutting board. (This is for home-use only, but I want to keep my knives in good shape)
I've looked at a few of the more famous companies and I was struck by the fact that it seemed as though they sold the same steels but with different prices. For example, there might be three 10-inch steels by the same people for different prices. I can't see or read any difference in them.
Here are my knives---this is not my sale, but it is the same set and company
Is bamboo better or maple for a cutting board?
Which honing steel would you recommend, or which do you like? I can't decide and my budget is very modest.
I haven't used my knives yet; I'm afraid I'll ruin them.