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Re: stone or strop

Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:49 am

Melampus
I got the Hand American genuine honing leather.http://www.chefknivestogo.com/hagehole.html
Its just the first step of many to come. would a different set up have been better?

Re: stone or strop

Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:51 pm

I was wondering this also... So a strop is going to be finer than a 8000K stone?

Re: stone or strop

Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:02 pm

A "strop" could be anything and any grit.

However, most people will use a "strop" as a finishing step for sharpening knives. Most will use a leather strop, others will use balsa, or films, or newspaper, or Unicorn horn mashed into a smooth surface.... :)

Most strops are loaded with a compound of some kind, some are not however.

Compounds can vary wildly, but most are 2 micron to 0.25 micron. 8,000 grit waterstone is like 2 micron....so a strop is typically going to be finer than an 8k stone....yes.

But, like I said....."strop" in itself doesn't refer to anything specific enough to be called finer than an 8k stone.

Re: stone or strop

Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:03 pm

I got the Hand American genuine honing leather.http://www.chefknivestogo.com/hagehole.html
Its just the first step of many to come. would a different set up have been better?


That will work fine. There are other options....not necessarily better options.

Re: stone or strop

Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:00 pm

JARED <> I wasn't suggesting better or worse. As Adam mentioned, it will work fine.

I was simply asking you which "HA leather strop" you purchased. I'm pretty sure you got bovine. Keith offers a horse, as well. A 6"x12" is cool cuz you can cut two 6"x6", and make 2 strops; a split bovine & a smooth bovine.

Re: stone or strop

Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:43 pm

Melampus
I actually did take the leather i got and split it into 3. i have two 8x3 and a 6x4 piece now. Ive mounted the two 8x3 on blocks of wood with contact cement, one with .5 micron, the other plain for now. ill decide whether to leave it as plain leather or get a different abrasive solution to apply to it after i get more familiar with the new toys ive picked up.:)
Thanks for all your help and imput fellas, appreciate it
Jared
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