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Re: >> Strop <<

Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:22 pm

MICHIEL <> So if I understand you correctly, you use the .3 alox on balsa? Then progress to a hanging leather finish strop, or do you bridge with a dry leather bench strop?

Regarding the stones... do you sharpen on an 8k then progress to a 15k, or were you saying one or the other? Do you only use edge trailing strokes, or do you lead in, as well? On knives, I lead in & trail till i generate a burr, then shift to trailing only. On a fine razor, I wonder...

Furthermore, my kitchen knife stone kit ends with a Kityama. I have never needed to refine any further, and sometimes even its too much. So since I have an 8k, what would you suggest as a 15k?

I like to give all my business to Mark so where does that leave me... Nubatama Bamboo, Shapton, natural (and if so, which)?

Re: >> Strop <<

Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:27 pm

0.3µ on balsa, then on the hanging strop. you can use the paste on leather too if you just prefer the feel of leather.

I hone up to 8k, then do 20 laps on the 15k. Only use edge leading strokes. NEVER build a burr on a razor. Alternate strokes to avoid a burr.

Re: >> Strop <<

Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:29 pm

Look at my article: http://belgiansharpening.wordpress.com/ ... periority/

For naturals, Coticules are insanely popular, but getting more and more pricey. A lot of info out there about honing on coticules.
If I finish on a natural it's a coticule or a Nakayama Nasiji.

Re: >> Strop <<

Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:26 am

MICHIEL <> Thank you kindly for your input. :)

I read your blog which leaves me with the Shapton Pro 15k.

Last question: what I know an edge-leading stroke to be is quite simply "pushing" the cutting edge into the stone; conversely, an edge-trailing stroke is pulling the edge across the stone. I am simply clarifying this vernacular as I wouldn't have thought to only utilize laps with the cutting edge into the stone.

Is this what you are suggesting? I only lead the edge into the stone for razors? :shock:

I'll trust you, but just making sure...

Re: >> Strop <<

Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:02 am

Zoop Zoop!! :mrgreen:

Re: >> Strop <<

Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:07 am

MICHIEL <> So Mark no longer carries Alumina Oxide gel in .3 micron. What would you suggest in its place (that he carries)?

Re: >> Strop <<

Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:39 pm

0.5 CrO is good. You can still get the AlOx from Ken Schwartz directly. I know he has some.

That's what I meant with edge leading.
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