Unusual design. Most small honing steels are small all over: small length and diameter for both the steel and the handle. But this steel is proportioned the same as a full-size steel, except the length of the steel is shorter.
(1) The plastic handle, complete with finger guard and folding metal D-ring, is the same as the one used on full-size Victorinox steels (I have a couple). The length of the plastic handle itself (not including the D-ring) is 5”. With the D-ring fully extended, the total length of the handle and D-ring is 6”.
(2) The steel itself is ~5-1/2” long X ~3/8” diameter (mainly cylindrical shape). A first section, ~1/4” long, immediately next to the finger guard, is smooth, except for the engraved lettering “MADE IN ENGLAND”. Following the first section is a second section, ~4-1/4” long, which has straight, medium grooves (I have a variety of steels with different finishes and degrees of coarseness). Following the second section is a third section, ~7/8” long, which tapers slightly; it is not highly-polished, but it is free of grooves (“smooth”). Following the third section is a fourth section, ~1/8” long, which is a conical tip. Machining quality is good (I ended up buying four of these).
(3) The steel appears to be chrome-plated (Victorinox doesn’t state it, but I have other plated and unplated steels for comparison).
(4) The steel works well, producing a sharp edge on the grooved second section. If you are really finicky, you can use the smooth third section (though a bit short) to produce an extra fine edge. I tested this on a variety of high-end pocket knives and short kitchen knives.
(5) In summary, if you want a unit (a) with a full-size handle for a good grip, (b) with an overall length (10-1/2” with D-ring folded) suitable for a kit box or bag, (c) that can handle blades up to 4” or so in length readily (can handle longer, but a bit less convenient to use), (d) is well made, and (e) is reasonably priced, this is the one to get.
Victorinox, makers of the original Swiss army knife, has been crafting fine cutlery since the later 1800's. The most valuable tool in any kitchen is a sharp knife. so maintain your edge. Victorinox Honing Steels are manufactured in Sheffield, England, to Victorinox specifications.