This Global Knife Sharpener helps keep your GLOBAL knives sharp. The ceramic rod will hones and sharpens at the same time with a few quick swipes. GLOBAL knives are made from the finest stainless steel material. The blades utilize Molybdenum/Vanadium stainless steel, Ice tempered and hardened to Rockwell C56-58 degrees which holds a razor sharp edge longer than any other steel and resists rust, stains and corrosion. This steel is 9 1/2 inches long.
This is an excellent ceramic honing rod - I have owned the same unit for over ten years,and it is still going strong. It works well on both Japanese and Western knives,and I have used it on a large range of modern and traditional steel alloys and edge types with consistently good results.
I would describe the grit as fine,but not super-fine. The build-quality is first-class,and if you drop and break a rod,you can readily source a Global replacement which refits easily into the handle (I’ve done this once).
The most appealing feature to me is the "feel" of this device - you really feel the hone working on the edge,which makes the job fast and fun.
The only reason I’ve deducted a star is the price,but I guess you get what you pay for.