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Boron Carbide on leather

Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:11 pm

I got the balsa strop with Boron Carbide and liked it so I got a bottle of the BC.

I have some Hand American leather from you and the Boron Carbide doesn't seem to be absorbed by it. It seems to be in a powder form that can be easily wiped off. Most of it anyway. Is this a characteristic of the BC? The description says it works on leather. But, if it is easily wiped off I would need to take care to keep things from touching it. A major concern is does it stain clothing? I really like the stuff on balsa and I may need to just not use it on leather. I would like to have the option though. Is there something I may be doing wrong? I apply it just like you do on balsa in your video.


Thanks,
Jack

Re: Boron Carbide on leather

Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:11 pm

Hi Jack,

Yes I use boron on leather and what I did is just paint it on nice and thin. It does come off if you touch it so usually I keep the strop in a plastic bag and I'm careful not to brush it against my clothes. It works well on leather but I think I prefer it on balsa since the balsa fibers seem to help the compound stick to it a little better. You can also try loading the bc on the rough side of your leather. It's a little harder to apply but it holds onto it better.

Kind Regards,
Mark Richmond
www.chefKnivesToGo.com
(608) 232-1137

Re: Boron Carbide on leather

Sun Oct 21, 2012 4:47 pm

Try it on the reverse (rough side) of the leather - Oh boy - different story!

:)

Re: Boron Carbide on leather

Sun Oct 21, 2012 4:54 pm

MadRookie wrote:Try it on the reverse (rough side) of the leather - Oh boy - different story!

:)


I think it's time I tried the rough side. Been reading about it but never tried it. You and Mark both recommended it so I'll give it a go.

Re: Boron Carbide on leather

Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:04 pm

I tried it on split leather and I liked it!

Re: Boron Carbide on leather

Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:42 pm

Let us know how it goes Jack.
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