Ceramic sharpening rods will remove tiny amounts of metal from your knives as you “hone” them, which can be seen as gray streaks on the white ceramic rod. What this means is that they have a slight sharpening effect. Ceramic is gentle enough so it doesn’t do anything too drastic to your blade in the process, so it’s a nice choice for those who want to hone frequently before needing to sharpening as long as possible. Some people will say that ceramics are considered “sharpeners” because it does remove metal but at a microscopic level that you can’t see with the naked eye but you can feel it so if you want to be that technical, then they can call it what they want. The main downside is that ceramic is brittle, so it’s possible to break it if you’re not careful.

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