JA Henckels 9" Sharpening Steel
This 9 inch sharpening steel from J A Henckels is a very good bargain. It has a molded comfortable handle and is long enough to fit most knives.
It is a honing tool meant to keep your knives in shape. It can be used often without taking too much metal off of your knife. Eventually you may need to have a new professional edge put on your knife and then you can continue to maintain the edge at home.
Teaching customers, we have had better results suggesting that they turn this steel upside down on a solid surface and getting the correct knife angle by starting with a 90 degree angle perpendicular to the steel and working your knife up to a 22 degree(or whatever angle you need). This seems less intimidating and will enable you to hone your knives more successfully.