Growing up in my family's restaurant taught me at a young age who is the leader in food service cutlery. You can count on your Dexter knives to be sharp right out of the box, but ordinary use will dull the best edge. The edge of a knife has microscopic teeth called feathers which do the cutting. With repetitive use, the feathers roll over and the knife appears dull. The butcher steel is made of a material that is harder than the knife's edge, so just a few strokes will realign the feathers and restore the blade's sharpness. Grasp the steel firmly in your left hand. Place your thumb behind the guard and position the heel of the blade against the steel at a 90 degree angle. Keeping the edge against the steel, you must raise the back of the blade 1/4 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. Repeat this action under the steel for the other side of the blade. There is another method that might be easier if you are just starting out. Put down a towel for stability and place your steel vertically. You can really focus on the angle of 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 sharpened. 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 by the sharpener, typically made of diamond, ceramic, or hard chrome 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 a continuous heel 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 designed to give you the ultimate, sharp, long-lasting, and easily-sharpened edge that is 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 cutlery and developed technological advancements since 1818. We take pride in every knife we make and 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 and 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.
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