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Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:44 pm
Should is a difficult question to ask.
I wouldn't, others would/do. It's a personal thing. I'd get a strop over a hone rod though.
Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:23 pm
Depends on what you're truing. Some alloys and some geometries shouldn't be trued on a steel; but you're not talking about anything like that.
Strops take more setup and more time. Steels work very quickly -- no more than a minute including finding the steel (wherever you left it, dear). Stropping tends to pull wires, poor steels and poorly used steels can damage knives. FWIW, almost every chef you've ever seen on TV uses a steel abusively. Both methods have learning curves. It takes about ten minutes to learn how to steel, about 30 to learn to strop; and each takes a fair amount of repetition before good practice becomes habit.
As it happens, I have two steels and umpteen strops. Your knives? Steel 'em.
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