Originally Posted by Adillo303
My hone, I call it a "steel", is not grooved, it is smooth. I use it, before cutting.
I am not sure if smooth is better/worse than grooved. It was in the cupboard when I bought the house. It's long, about a foot.
I also have Henkles, love 'em.
You have what is called a glass smooth steel and it is used for realigning a rolled edge on soft steels which include 99% of the knives available. Eventually the edge will become fatiqued and bits of it will break off. This is when the knife needs resharpening. A grooved steel is a file and will resharpen, but at what I consider a very crude level.
I haven't used a grooved steel in years. I realign my softer knives with a glass smooth steel and, when needed between sharpenings, slightly hone my hard steel knives with either a ceramic or a micro grooved borosilicate (glass with boron) steel.