Posted By: Chad GAfter using a smooth [prepped with sandpaper daily] packer's steel years ago, I've never been happy with the grooved butchers steels seen everywhere.
Bought this, gave it about 50 strokes of sandpaper from tip to handle, and a few strokes brought a couple decent knifes to razors. My arms have less hair now.
As noted in other reviews, a steel doesn't sharpen a knife, it just makes a sharp knife awesome sharp and helps keep it that way.
Mine came already magnetic too. I hope that it stays magnetized; that seems to give a bit extra magic to a packer's steel.
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