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post #1 of 4 Old 08-04-2015, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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buying a leather strop

hey guys I just bought some spoon carving knives and was looking to buy a leather strop for them, not looking to spam or anything but can you guys help point me in the right direction to buy a good quality one. it seems like there are some really expensive ones and also some really cheap ones.

Any advice is welcome.

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post #2 of 4 Old 08-04-2015, 09:32 PM
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Check with the people you got the carving tools from, and get the stropping compound to go with the leather and the tools you got.
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I used an old leather belt.
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The strop is no more than a carrier for your choice of honing compounds. The wax matrix in chrome green honing compound softened my leather strop (glued to wood) so much that the softened leather compressed and the rebound was rounding off my fine carving gouges.
Now, I buy a pack of 5x7 filing cards, use them taped to a stone counter-top cut-off. Scribble all over
with the CrOx/AlOx honing compound and hone away. Black and I toss it for a fresh one.
This produces an absolutely predictable and consistent result, I'll never use leather again.
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