Ergonomic, comfortable wooden handle with protective hand guards and hanging-ring at handle’s end. Longitudinal ridges run along the length of the rod to ensure a smooth re-aligning grip to uncurl and straighten your favorite blades before each use. ‘Honing’ steels do not sharpen blades, they simply help maintain a properly aligned edge on an already sharpened knife. When a sharp edged blade of a knife is used a few times, the extra-fine steel on the edge will curl, you won’t be able to see it with your eyes but its happening. A few passes on a honing steel or rod will re-align and straighten the curl, bringing the sharpness of the knife back to where it should be.