12" Oval Ceramic Honing Rod

The STEELPORT 12” Oval Ceramic Honing Rod is an ideal tool for anyone who owns a kitchen knife. It’s thoughtfully designed for home and professional chefs alike who care about keeping their knives in peak performance.
Developed in response to the limited options in the market for a large, comfortable honing rod that is versatile and durable enough to hone any blade, the STEELPORT 12” Oval Ceramic Honing Rod sets itself apart in many ways:
  • Versatile Ceramic: Exceptionally hard ceramic, providing an ideal surface and grit for realigning the microscopic edges of any kitchen knife, regardless of their steel hardness.
  • Efficient Oval Shape: Allows more contact with the blade for more consistent honing action. The only oval ceramic honing rod available.
  • Unique Contoured Wood Handle: An ergonomic grip for comfortable regular use, plus a safety guard, all made from US-sourced walnut.
  • Larger 12” Length: Allows for smooth full strokes, ideal for knives of all sizes.
  • Steel Core: Added durability and better balance.
  • Made-in-USA: Each STEELPORT Honing Rod is handcrafted in our factory in Portland, Oregon.
This 12” Ceramic Honing Rod is a natural extension of the STEELPORT line of heirloom cutlery and knife block sets, allowing customers to be self-sufficient in maintaining their kitchen tools, and empowering them to create exceptional culinary experiences.


12" Oval Ceramic Honing Rod

  • The unique oval shape of the STEELPORT 12” Oval Ceramic Honing Rod is a carefully considered design choice that offers distinct advantages in knife maintenance. Unlike round rods, the oval shape maximizes the contact area between the dull edge of a knife and the ceramic surface. This increased contact ensures a more consistent and smooth honing action, allowing for efficient realignment of the blade’s microscopic edges. The oval design enables users to cover more surface area with each stroke, making the honing process quicker and more effective, especially on larger knives. This shape provides a versatile and adaptable honing experience that works well with any kitchen knife. The oval shape’s narrower end allows for honing of serrated edges (like STEELPORT Bread Knife). The oval shape of the honing rod reflects STEELPORT’s commitment to functional design, offering users a tool that enhances precision and efficiency in maintaining the sharpness of all their knives.
    The STEELPORT Honing Rod is made of fine ceramic, and is the only oval ceramic honing rod available. Ceramic is exceptionally hard, providing an ideal surface for honing and realigning the microscopic edges of a blade. This hardness allows the ceramic rod to match a wide range of knife steels, including high-hardness knives, like the exceptionally hard 65HRC steel that gives a STEELPORT its unmatched long-lasting sharpness. The fine-grit surface of the ceramic rod strikes a delicate balance between effectiveness and finesse, strengthening the blade’s edge and refining its sharpness. Ceramic is known for its durability and resistance to wear, making it a long-lasting choice for a honing rod material. The non-porous nature of ceramic also makes it resistant to staining and corrosion, ensuring a hygienic and easy-to-clean tool. There is a misconception that soft steel honing rods should be used for softer steel knives, like German knives, and ceramic rods are only needed for very high hardness knives such as STEELPORT or the Japanese knives. In truth, a fine ceramic rod is the most effective tool for any type of knife, making it the optimal choice for any kitchen. A steel core runs through the ceramic rod and walnut handle, adding durability and balance.
  • Use a Honing Rod regularly; as soon as you feel the blade is starting to get dull. Caring for a high-quality knife begins with maintaining a sharp functional edge. The best way to keep a knife sharp is to not let it get dull in the first place. “Honing” – the process of strengthening the bent edges before resorting to sharpening – is crucial for extending the life of your knives. A Honing Rod – also sometimes referred to as a sharpening rod, butcher’s steel, chef’s steel, sharpening steel, etc. – delays the need for sharpening a knife, adding life to the knife by removing less steel. While not everyone has the time or interest to learn how to properly sharpen their knives (*STEELPORT offers free sharpening for life!), a honing rod is a tool anyone can use and proper technique can be taught in minutes.
    Total length: 17″
    5″ Contoured Walnut Handle
    12″ Ceramic Rod with steel core
    Weight: 12oz

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    – Gabriel Rucker, James Beard Award-winning Chef/Owner of Le Pigeon in Portland, Oregon

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    To me a knife is a tool. It has been a good minute since I put a knife in my hand and it has given me pause. STEELPORT knives are simply stunning, the second you see it or use it you know that this knife is special. I Intend on using this tool for a very long time with much joy.

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    Absolutely exquisite. All aspects of the knife are so special. Design, materials and craftsmanship combine to make a knife that I look forward to using the rest of my life.

    – Paul Kahan, James Beard Award-winning Chef and Owner of Publican and avec in Chicago

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    They’re obviously well-made. The handle is super comfortable. The wood is really soft which I think just feels good in my hand. It feels really nice to hold this knife. I think they’re really beautifully designed. Period.

    – Katy Millard, Chef and Co-Owner of Coquine in Portland

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    It’s good for fine work like shallots and chives or breaking down fish, but you can also chop carrots with it. I like it. I like it a lot. The STEELPORT Chef Knife just throws down. It’s pretty dope. On top of that, it’s a beautiful knife…

    – Lauro Romero, Chef and Co-Owner of República in Portland, a Bon Appétit Top 10 Best New Restaurant

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    – Eric Rivera, Chef/Owner of ADDO in Seattle

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    – Mike Thelin, Founder of Feast Portland

  • Feel how amazingly balanced and well crafted this carbon steel knife is. It will definitely become an heirloom tool that you will use daily for a life time.

    – Carey Schleicher-Haselhorst, Owner of Cord

  • I own a beautiful collection of carbon steel knives, but nothing as gorgeous as this American-forged, full tang carbon steel knife from STEELPORT, located in Portland, Oregon.

    – Jeffrey B. Rodgers, @TheCulinaryFanatic

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    – Bonnie Morales, Chef/Owner of Kachka

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  • Using a STEELPORT feels like it was made by someone with so much experience and passion for the art of knives, because it was. Everything about it feels right, and knowing where it comes from feels even better.

    – Doug Adams, TopChef Season 12 Finalist

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    – Melissa Reome, @GrillMomma

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    – Karl Holl, Founder of Forager Goods & Co and Culinary Director of Smith Teamaker

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    – Josh Donald, Owner of Bernal Cutlery SF