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Dumb Strop Questions - NO LAUGHING!

Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:49 pm

I've grown curious about stropping and decided I wanted one or two. After looking at the prices of various strops and kits I decided to make my own. I went on FleeBay and bought a 3"x54" 6/8 oz vegetable tanned leather blank. Going to cut into different size pieces and glue to boards. Want to try them for polishing blades and for honing blades to see the different results I can get.

Dumb question #1 - Is it best to strop on the smooth or ruff side, does it matter, or each better for different outcomes? I'm thinking smooth but thinking usually gets me in trouble.

Dumb question #2 - These different colored bars of stropping compound I've been seeing(green, white, black), are they any good?

I'm very new to this so NO LAUGHING while you type! :oops:

Re: Dumb Strop Questions - NO LAUGHING!

Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:48 pm

Dumb answer #1 - The smooth side. The stropping surface needs to be as flat as possible. If you want to experiment, try stropping on balsa.

Dumb answer #2 - It depends. Most of the bars are way too coarse for knife edges. There are some that are fine enough; the Bark River green and black bars come to mind. The biggest problem with bars is getting the compound on the stropping surface. A much better solution is a liquid suspension.

Re: Dumb Strop Questions - NO LAUGHING!

Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:57 pm

Yeah, the bars are meant for being applied to fast moving things.....buffing wheels and felt belts on a belt grinder. They move fast enough to kind of melt the bars into the fabric.

Spray and/or liquid droppers are best for strops.

I'm not a huge stropping fan, so I won't comment on the other question.

Re: Dumb Strop Questions - NO LAUGHING!

Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:25 pm

Thanks for the feedback guys. I'm not sure if I'll be a big stropping fan but I thought I'd give it a try to see what i might be missing.
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