I love thrift stores! Brent ran over to one close to his office during lunch yesterday and found a brand new KitchenAid knife set. He got a great deal on it! We have needed to invest in some new knives for a long time! We're still using the set we got at our wedding. I don't think we've ever even sharpened them. I really like this new set and can't believe how nice it is to have a set that actually cuts through chicken. I don't need a saw. But here's a dumb question -- What is the long, metal dowel looking thing for? I've just never seen one used before.