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tr. & intr.v. sharp·ened, sharp·en·ing, sharp·ens
To make or become sharp or sharper.

sharp′en·er n.


the act of making the edge of something very thin or of making its end pointedone of several very thin, small pieces of wood produced when one sharpens a pencil
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These small, handy tools, usually with just a single set of sharpening stones or rods set into a V configuration, are actually far superior to the standard honing steel, thanks in part to the built-in guides that help hunters hold the blade at those precise angles necessary for the sharpest edge.
This will work the same as running the blade up and down a honing steel.
But a honing steel isn't hard to use and is perfect for restoring a sharp cutting edge to your knives.