I recently purchased a very nice leather strop, the brand is Illinois, it's a razor strop but I don't use it for that.
I cut it in half, removed the handles and glued the halves to glass plates (old 500 shapton glass). I was left with two strops, one for loading up and one clean....so I have those.
My question concerns using a high grit stone such as a Shapton Glass 16k (0.92 microns), why not use it as a Strop, I know a lot of folks use trailing strokes on their finishing stones to finish the job but can this stone, the 16K be used as a substitute for a leather or balsa strop?
It doesn't feel the same to me, sort of goes against the grain so to speak, feels too hard but I'm curious and what about the 30k Shapton Glass, same thing, why would I want that stone?........I do want that stone by the way, I will have it
I have this beautiful 16k glass stone that is mostly untouched, now I have used it in my sharpening progession many times but as I said, it is not used often, could I use it daily as a strop. I guess I can give it a shot and see if there is any improvement in the edge and compare it to the leather stropped edge.