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Stropping question

Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:04 pm

Hey guys im new to the forum and was hoping some people might have some advice. I purchased Borone carbide 1mic to put on balsa. I also purchased a 16k stone reading a review from the past saying how well they liked the combo of a 16k stone and boron strop even though they were the same grit. After purchasing I noticed that the shapton glass 16k is acctulay .92 micron, my question is because the stone is acctualy slightly more fine then the strop compound is this still effective? and also do people progressive through strops in the sense of grit, after finishing with stones does it make sense to go through compounds from 1 mic to .125mic or just choose one that i like to finish the knife with. Thanks for any help!

Re: Stropping question

Sat Aug 18, 2012 5:14 pm

This is a good question for a microscope to answer. I always feel like my edge improves after I strop with compound on either balsa or leather so my guess is it will improve the edge for you too. One reason is stropping for me is a different motion and I use only edge trailing strokes in a sweeping motion so I use this as a way to even out any minor edge imperfections that my sharpening job left from the stones. It can't hurt...

Re: Stropping question

Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:16 pm

It is a good question. The difference in grit size .92 microns vs 1 micron is of no importance. The variance in particle size will actually overlap. What
IS important is the type of compound. So the stone is Aluminum oxide based and compounds in this size are typically poly and mono diamond, Cubic Boron Nitride, Boron Carbide and Silicon Carbide, listed roughly in order of hardness.

I have observed improved edge performance following a 16k GlassStone with 1 micron CBN. So even though they are of the same grit, the edges produced are different. I have not done this for all types of steels, so results here may vary, but this is pretty consistent for the ones I've tried. Grit size is just one variable.

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