So, I'm confused about honing. Specifically, I'm confused about the direction the blade should be taken across the steel.
First of all, as I understand it, a knife needs to be honed because the edge of the blade "rolls" or bends over, like this:
Honing the knife is supposed to straighten that edge. When it's rolled like this, the knife is still sharp, it's just that the edge is pointing in the wrong direction (or directions).
According to multiple sources, the proper use of a honing steel involves drawing the blade down over the steel, edge first. That would look like this:
Now, this is where I get confused. I don't understand how drawing the blade this way is supposed to straighten the rolled edge. It seems like this would cause the rolled edge to become MORE deformed.
It would make more sense to me to reverse the direction of the force by using this method:
This pressure very clearly would roll the edge back to the proper position.
So, help me out knife fans... am I missing something? Let me know what you think. Thanks!