Strop for carving tools
Saw several places indicate that a piece of leather can be glued to a flat board and then a fine abrasive is added to the leather. Would rubbing the leather with buffing wheel compound work?
It probably won't hurt but I use a leather strap and allow it to flex with the knife or tool as I strop it - seems to work just fine.
I have several wood/leather stropping boards in my bag.
all with regular buffing rouge compound and they work quite well.
I used 1/2" plywood about 4" x 16" and glued the leather to it. (smooth side up).
you can purchase the smooth cowhide off of ebay and the buffing compound
from Harbor Freight and many on-line sources.
if you are a "purest", you can use Jeweler's Rouge instead of buffing compound.
mark the grit with magic marker on the leather and don't apply different grits
to the same boards - keep them all separate.
to keep the number of boards to a minimum, use each side with different grits.
What I did is I just purchased a 2" wide strip of leather from a leather supplier and bent it over a piece of 1x4 pine and stapled it on the ends. Then when I use it I rub a jewelers rouge on it. I don't see any reason your buffing wheel compound wouldn't work.
In medieval times, leather was the only "flat thing" available. Now we have choices.
I stopped using leather because it softened and I could see it rebounding with a passing edge and rounding off the bevel edges.
I use cereal box cardboard, strips of filing folders or office filing cards.
The Chromium Oxide honing compound has a nominal grit particle size of 0.5 micrometers.
I use dabs of masking tap to mount the card stock on a flat surface (laminate flooring, granite counter top, etc)
I scribble the green CrOx all over the card and I'm ready to go. Uneven application is just fine.
I can tear it off and replace it in seconds as needed.
Aluminum Oxide honing compound (white) nominal grit particle size is 0.25 micrometers.
Copper oxides and iron oxides range through reds to blacks (rust?) and similar sizes are sold.
For all my crooked knives, I use mandrels of tubing and wrap abrasive papers and honing strop cards around those.
For adzes, the Stubai 7/75 in particular, a tennis ball is the right shape.
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