Don't hone but sharpen your knives with Ceramic Steel!
In 20 years of knife making, New West KnifeWorks has seen, heard, and tried almost every way possible to sharpen our stuff. Sharpening rods should be your first line of defense against edge deterioration. Depending on the grade and grit of your honing rod, one can easily resurrect edges on tools and knives. That is why we highly suggest the killer combo of a Coarse and Fine Ceramic Honing Rod. THIS IS NOT A METAL HONING ROD THAT WILL HELP KEEP A SHARP KNIFE SHARP. THIS IS A KNIFE SHARPENER THAT WILL GRIND AWAY METAL AND RE-SHARPEN YOUR KNIFE.
Fine Grit Sharpening Rod: If you are only going to get one ceramic sharpener, start with this. Ceramic is much harder than steel and the 1200 grit coarseness efficiently removes material and restores a very fine edge. Anything short of a butter-knife-dull knife will be shaving sharp.