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Re: stropping - newspaper vs leather/other materials

Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:52 am

I've tried just about everything and I now only use a 13k or 16k stone to strop, I've given up on leather completely. I'm tired of spending good money on a good strop and then getting nicks in it, not to mention the money spent on the compounds. I've haven't used anything but a high grit stone in a year or so now.

Re: stropping - newspaper vs leather/other materials

Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:28 pm

I find I don't need the strop kit. The balsa is over half an inch thick and if you place it on the edge of a table there's enough height to just strop there. The magnet back is still convenient for sticking it on the side of the fridge when not in use. I use a 3 micron compound and 1 micron diamond paste on 2 separate balsa strops. The horse butt leather is not necessary, I concur with sailor leather can be left out but if u want a polished edge go for it. The edge after diamond on balsa is already shave sharp.

Re: stropping - newspaper vs leather/other materials

Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:07 pm

Sailor - do you strop on the stone wet or dry? I'm guessing Sigma Power Select and Shapton GS - am I close?

Re: stropping - newspaper vs leather/other materials

Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:41 pm

Hi Steve, you are spot on with the stones :)

Always wet and I have a couple of pieces of natural finishing stones, so I usually create a little slurry on the the stone prior to the stropping process, depending on the quality of the knife. I got my hands on a beautiful hand made Japanese knife (name starts with an S I think and the initials HR were on the blade by the Kanji). So for that particular knife I used the natural stone (from Ken the gifted one) to create the slurry.

I don't get the pleasure of sharpening too many carbon knives but I get startled by the edge every time I do, so sharp and so nice to sharpen as well.
(I need one of those for myself)

Peter

Re: stropping - newspaper vs leather/other materials

Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:31 pm

I use split leather between the stones to loosen remaining debris/burr, with basic carbons only. Looking for a high polish after a 5k Chosera I use some acrylic artist's paint with Cr2O3 (olive green) on a piece of leather -- the support isn't that important. Newspaper black ink gives a lot of bite. All this just for fun. Depending on the steel it hasn't always a lot of practical meaning in the kitchen.
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