I've grown curious about stropping and decided I wanted one or two. After looking at the prices of various strops and kits I decided to make my own. I went on FleeBay and bought a 3"x54" 6/8 oz vegetable tanned leather blank. Going to cut into different size pieces and glue to boards. Want to try them for polishing blades and for honing blades to see the different results I can get.
Dumb question #1 - Is it best to strop on the smooth or ruff side, does it matter, or each better for different outcomes? I'm thinking smooth but thinking usually gets me in trouble.
Dumb question #2 - These different colored bars of stropping compound I've been seeing(green, white, black), are they any good?
I'm very new to this so NO LAUGHING while you type!