Wow, I had never or even seen the word honing used for anything but skills before! It was actually for cutting through a big piece of meat, which was frustrating me since it just did not seem to work because dull knife and all. It felt like it got better results after, though. Could honing do that? Wow, and here I thought I knew a thing or two about cooking...! Never occurred to me to use my good ol' trusted mortar for anything but crushing whatever needed to be crushed. Have to say, I'm learning a lot in this thread!