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Re: The Poorman's Strop

Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:22 pm

I have several customers who were long time devotees (for years) of Mother's Mag wheel polish and Adam's Polish. I had them try some 1 micron Alumina Emulsion formulation and they never looked back :) Then they tried some 0.3 micron Alumina emulsion :)


Re: The Poorman's Strop

Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:30 pm

I use the cardboard core from a kitchen towel roll. Sand down the ridges and coat a thin strip on one side with a stropping compound or metal polish. Its basically like a big honing rod, this works great.

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Re: The Poorman's Strop

Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:46 pm

The emulsions aren't really Poorman friendly kind of the anti Poorman.

Rayong that looks awesome. Might have to give that a try for fun.

Re: The Poorman's Strop

Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:29 pm

Rayong, thanks for the idea. a few years ago i bought a piece of scrap leather on ebay for $10. it was big enough so i could have made a dozen 3x11 strops. as it were, i just laid it flat on a 2x4 and used it to strop my razor. i eventually moved up to one of those hanging strops. i still have that piece of leather and use it from time to time.


Re: The Poorman's Strop

Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:36 pm

I also have several magnet backed balsa and the horse butt leather but end of the day I find the cardboard core more convenient to use and the round shape is a little more forgiving to use as compared to a flat surface. Also uses a lot less compound, just need a thin line of compound on the side you're stropping on. For debarring I just use a cork from a wine bottle or a crushed up piece of newspaper. End of the day my sharpening setup is really inexpensive. I use the dmt duosharp with the fine and extra fine grit and the green brick along with stropping with 3 micron and 1.5 micron diamond. I also have 1, 0.5 and 0.25 micron diamond but I find it leaves too polished an edge for kitchen use. Finishing off at 3 micron or 1.5 micron is just fine leaving a toothy edge that just drops through food.

I've also retired my diamond, ceramic and steel steels. I find they leave a much lower grit edge as compared to stropping.

Re: The Poorman's Strop

Sat Jun 07, 2014 4:57 pm

By the way the metal polish I use on the cardboard core is Autosol. $3 a tube and will probably last a decade or more. I also have tormek honing compound but I find the autosol spreads easier and sticks better and the end result is about the same. The tormek is 3 micron so the autosol should be thereabouts. This translates to a 5K grit edge which is typically where many people finish their knives at. Some of the other polishes mentioned earlier in the thread should be similar, I just use what I have access to where I am. If I want a bit more refinement I use the horse butt strop with no compound, just 2 or 3 strokes on each side and it leaves a more refined yet still toothy edge.

Re: The Poorman's Strop

Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:49 pm

I use an 8 dollar barber's strop, works great!

Re: The Poorman's Strop

Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:02 am

My first strop was the back of an old leather belt (split leather) nailed to an old piece of wood for backing. Worked pretty good, but after I started using balsa and nano-cloth I never looked back. :)
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