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Fav strop material

Thu May 31, 2012 10:30 pm

Topic says it all. For me that really does depend on which compounds I'm using. Plain leather, (pig or horse) is good for using as a steel basically and if it works for Salty, then I'm sold ,(also tested that out a few times :)

For liquid compounds like Boron or Chromium Oxide (pastes) Balsa is my choice for that as it adherers very good and stays flat unlike leathers which may curl.

Sprays: Now, I've tried them on balsa, and they work ok, but for me the really winner is split top leather. Personally speaking I think that the texture lets the spray last longer before having to add additional spray. Like I said personally speaking.

So what is your thoughts.

Re: Fav strop material

Thu May 31, 2012 10:49 pm

Ever tried newspaper with a lot of black ink? Leaves a rather aggressive edge.

Re: Fav strop material

Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:49 am

Most overlooked strop material of all are the fine grit Shapton Pro and Shapton glass stones. The 16,000 grit is about 1 micron, and the 30,000 grit is .49 micron. Yes, they are expensive, but so is fussing with strops and sprays, which cost far more on a long term basis. No more need to buy sprays above .25 micron.

Re: Fav strop material

Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:40 am

Stropping on the 16k glass can be really really good. Personally balsa and nano-cloth are my 2 favorite.

Re: Fav strop material

Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:18 am

Try stropping on either of the Shapton 30K stones, which takes you down to 0.49 micron. :) No need for balsa or nano cloth until you get to 0.25 micron, if you want to go that far so that you view a clean edge under a 40x to 200x microscope. I usually just strop on plain leather after the 30K, because I don't always want to drag out the microscope to look at the knife edge.

Re: Fav strop material

Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:39 am

Hard rolled horse leather from Hand American and balsa are my favorites.

Re: Fav strop material

Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:08 am

HA boron carbide on split leather - nice bitey edge.

:)

Re: Fav strop material

Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:14 am

Followed by stropping on genuine Cordovan horse hide, and your carbon will be screaming sharp.

Re: Fav strop material

Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:17 am

Which reminds me. Mark, why don't you carry cordovan horse hide strops? L 8-)

Re: Fav strop material

Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:58 am

I've been playing with making up my own laminates, similar to Micarta, but with a different epoxy, and I have been stropping on the handle scraps. I will be making up some to try with compounds and stuff, too. So far, the results have been a more refined edge that still has teeth to slice hanging paper towels cleanly. Also tried factory Micarta with a 100 grit belt finish on it and some 1 micron diamond spray. Works well, too!
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