To keep knives in good condition for everyday use, “true” them up on a sharpening steel before each use. A sharpening steel is often included with the purchase of a knife set. Technically, a steel does not actually sharpen a knife, but rather realigns the microscopic teeth on a knife’s edge that become jagged with normal knife use. Hold the sharpening steel by the handle and run the edge of the knife along the steel at a 20 degree angle. Alternate each side of the knife, for a total of 6 – 8 strokes. When honing the knife’s blade on the steel no longer brings it back to desired sharpness, it’s time to truly sharpen the knife with a knife sharpener or by taking it to a knife sharpening service.