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 Post subject: Steel or Strop?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:44 am 
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I have just started using my first J knife....a Kono HD2 240 gyoto...and I'm guessing it must be time for a touch up.
But do I use my Idahone ceramic rod or the horse hair and balsa strops I just purchased but have not used yet?
I'm assuming that sharpening on stones is a way off yet. I have only used it on veggies...mainly soft ones.
Thanks for help from this JK newbie!
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 Post subject: Re: Steel or Strop?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:42 am 
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I used to use an Idahone exclusively and it works well but remember, VERY light pressure and just a few strokes on each side. You can overdue it.
The horse butt or balsa strops will also work, my first choice being the horse butt.



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 Post subject: Re: Steel or Strop?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:51 am 

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It might be worth starting with the strops, seeing where that gets you, and then trying the Idahone. If used carefully, the strops are very unlikely to mess up your edge. I use balsa with compound. I don't know what you have on the balsa but I'd hazard a guess if you don't have any compound on it you would be better off trying the leather.


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 Post subject: Re: Steel or Strop?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:29 am 

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I have a ceramic rod that's the same grit as the idahone. I don't like the finish it leaves so I'm for stropping. It preserves the just sharpened feel of the knife for quite a while. And if there's a ding I need to straighten out I go strop on a stone instead of using the ceramic rod. I have a steel, ceramic and diamond rod...all retired.


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 Post subject: Re: Steel or Strop?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:50 pm 
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I have a balsa strop and 1 micron paste. So is that preferred to the horse hair. What is the difference?


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 Post subject: Re: Steel or Strop?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:59 pm 
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So I just stropped the Kono on the balsa plus paste and then on the horse butt.
OMG!!!!!!
I think it's actually sharper than OOTB.
Thank you guys for the advise and Mark for the stropping video and great kit.
I love this J knife thing....oh dear......I think I've been bitten by the bug.....glad the wife is into it too :lol:
Aloha!


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 Post subject: Re: Steel or Strop?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:50 pm 

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mauichef wrote:So I just stropped the Kono on the balsa plus paste and then on the horse butt.
OMG!!!!!!
I think it's actually sharper than OOTB.
Thank you guys for the advise and Mark for the stropping video and great kit.
I love this J knife thing....oh dear......I think I've been bitten by the bug.....glad the wife is into it too :lol:
Aloha!


That sounds like the appropriate process and the expected result. Nice work! It should keep your edge in shape for a while before you really need to sharpen.


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 Post subject: Re: Steel or Strop?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:10 am 
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I always enjoy it when someone has one of those "AH HA" moments. :mrgreen:



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 Post subject: Re: Steel or Strop?
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Jeff B wrote:I always enjoy it when someone has one of those "AH HA" moments. :mrgreen:


Thanks to you Jeff....and the other great posters on this wonderful forum.
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