Growing up in my family’s restaurant
taught me at a young age who’s the leader in foodservice cutlery. You can count on your Dexter knives to
be sharp right out of the box. But ordinary use will dull even the best set.
Doesn’t mean your knife needs to be sharp. The edge of a knife has
microscopic team called feathers, which do the cutting. With repetitive use, these
feathers roll over and the knife appears dull. The butcher steel is made of a
material that’s harder than the knife’s edge. So just a few light strokes will
realign the feathers and restore the blade’s sharpness. So let’s see this in
action with my chef’s knife. Grasp the steel firmly in your left hand. Place
your thumb behind the guard and position the heal of the blade against the steel at a 90 degree angle. While keeping an edge against the steel, rake the back of the
blade a quarter-inch. Maintain this angle and apply constant and moderate pressure
as you draw the blade across and down the full length of the steel. Perform
this in one continuous motion until the blade tip completes the stroke, passing
off the steel near the guard. Repeat this action under the steel for the other
side of blade. Here’s another method: this might be a little easier if you’re just
starting out. Put down a towel for stability and place your steel
vertically. You can really focus on the angle on both sides of the blade this
way. Draw the blade down the length of the steel on both sides. With continued
use, every knife will eventually need to be resharpened. During daily use, the
feathers continually roll over and are realigned by steeling. Eventually the
feathers break off and new ones need to be created. This is done by removing
material from the blade with a sharpener, typically made of diamond, ceramic, or
hard chrome knurled steel, which will remove steel from the blade and create a
new feather edge. Sharpening and steeling are pretty much the same process. You use
the same angles and apply the same constant pressure in one continuous
hill to tip motion. Sometimes if your knives are really dull, you may need
additional pressure to restore the edge. Blade geometry of a Dexter knife has
been perfected to give you ultimate sharp, long lasting, and easily sharpened
edge that is people-friendly and kitchen tough. Every Dexter knife is
designed to exceed expectations. Dexter is the largest manufacturer of
professional cutlery in America. Our Southbridge Massachusetts Factory has
produced the finest quality cutlery and developed technological advancements
since 1818. We take pride in every knife we make. That’s why each knife we produce
is tested for quality and performance before it reaches your hand. If you use
Dexter products, we thank you. We hope we can be your product solution. At Dexter,
we’re not the best because we’re the oldest in America, we’re the oldest in
America because we’re the best.