If you want your knives to stay sharp, you need to use a honing steel as often as possible. I keep mine out whenever I cut, and will run my knife up and down the steel every time it seems to dull.
This is a fabulous honing steel. Nice 10" length, easily handles long or short sized blades. The handle is extremely comfortable and durable, fits my small hand as well as my husband's larger sized hands. One of the most important tools I own.