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My mother-in-law likes to have sharp knives, but she also has unsteady hands. She needs a honing rod (not a sharpener) that has a very firm angle guide of some kind. Does such a product exist? I've been searching the web for about an hour and haven't found one.

Things I've looked at that are not this:

  1. Whetstones with angle guides
  2. These little wedge angle guides that attach to a honing rod
  3. These crossed sharpening rods

1 and 2 fail because they require very steady hands, regardless. 1 and 3 fail because they're for sharpening, not honing. I guess I'm looking for something like 3, but that has honing rods, not sharpening ones.

Any clues? Or am I going to need to fabricate something myself?

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The Dick Magneto Steel Polish might be what you are looking for.

If you are looking for something smaller than this, there are also some pull-through sharpeners (e.g. by Victorynox) available that are equipped with fine ceramic or steel discs, so they acutally do more honing than sharpening.

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  • Trying to figure out if the Dick is only honing, or is sharpening and honing. Also, whether I can get it in the US.
    – FuzzyChef
    Commented Dec 29, 2022 at 5:21
  • @FuzzyChef the company has an website available in english: dick.de/messer/en/sharpening/knife-sharpeners. On the site you can contact them as well if no shipping to the US is available. On the site the different products for honing vs. sharpening are explained also
    – jmk
    Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 7:50
  • Yeah, it's just not well-explained on the site whether those devices are honing only or honing+sharpening. I sent them a contact message. I take it you don't have personal experience with them?
    – FuzzyChef
    Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 22:07
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    @FuzzyChef: I agree that their suffixes are a not as clear as they should be. Only action for "high abrasion" is a definitive description while polish "for straightening and smoothing" and HyperDrill "for honing and smoothing" is somewhat ambigous (same in the german description). And right, no personal experience. So my assumption was that "polished sharpening rods" should be finer than "ultra-fine cut rods" and probably should not remove (a significant amount of) material from the blade.
    – J. Mueller
    Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 23:05

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