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 Post subject: Hand American Strop
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:08 am 

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I bought one of the strops from Mark and it is not flat. If tried everything from keeping it stuck to the magnet base to putting it under a stack of books for a day. Is this normal with these strops? Does it need to be fixed, and if so how can i fix it?


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 Post subject: Re: Hand American Strop
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:10 am 

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When I say "not flat," i mean that even though the strop appears flat to the naked eye, the edge of the knife/razors do not make contact with 50% of the stropping surface.


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 Post subject: Re: Hand American Strop
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:53 am 
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I can only assume you are talking about the 3 x 11 horse leather strop? The most common thing to happen with these is curling. Sometimes the edges will curl up and you only make contact with the edges. Is that what is happening? Or does is feel a bit wavy while stropping over the surface? A little bit of waviness is normal, but if it's as bad as you are saying then something needs done. Have you tried to contact Mark? I hope we can help you, I know how frustrating it can be sometimes when you are fine tuning an edge.



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 Post subject: Re: Hand American Strop
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:50 am 

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Can you upload a photo?


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 Post subject: Re: Hand American Strop
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:21 am 

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Hey thanks for responding guys. The edges actually aren't exactly curling up. It's more in the stripping area itself. It is almost as if the leather is "dished" in areas like a stone that needs a lapping.

I will try to upload a photo that demonstrates this when I get home from work today


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 Post subject: Re: Hand American Strop
PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 2:49 am 

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So I just took my fiance's knife through a full progression and am at the strop. I am trying fruitlessly to take a picture that shows the gap between the knife edge and the leather strop.

Upon closer examination it is not really out of the realm of possibility that this is being caused by a slight curling of the outer edges. I say this because the gaps between the knife and strop create a shallow "W" shape.

Is there a way to stop the edges on these strops from raising? Or is this just a natural occurrence for any leather strop?


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 Post subject: Re: Hand American Strop
PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:06 am 
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Curling on the edges is probably the most common occurrence of a defect with leather strops it seems. It shouldn't be that bad though. Let's see what Mark has to say about this. He's been a bit MIA lately with the new site and tons of new stuff he's dealing with. If he doesn't hit this thread by tomorrow or if you haven't emailed him yourself then I will.



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 Post subject: Re: Hand American Strop
PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 5:12 am 

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Yeah that sounds good. The new site looks SUPER SUPER nice. Kudos to the designer


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