Old Danish honing strop
and making a copy…
My dear friend Flemming came by the shop as he often do, this time I had invited him for a cafe latte, since I bought my self a new Rancilio Silvia espresso machine (just like the old one), the old one was fourteen years now and needed repair. In fact I just had a friend of a friend picking up the old one few minutes ago, I saw on Facebook that he needed one and had no money, like this life goes in wonderful circles (his friend will repair it for him).
Back to the story MaFe!
Flemming often bring stuff, today to show what he bought and ask advice. He came with a beautiful old Danish strop, that he had bought with some woodworking stuff.
Here it is.
Wonderful old leather on wood strop, plenty of wear and soul.
The strop have had it’s days, now stiff and loose.
So before Flemming left, I made him a new strop and mounted it for him.
The leather has smooth side up as the original (Andy).
So he went home with a smile.
As often old tools are not made from fancy materials, just a plane piece of wood, knots and all.
After Flemming left, I went to the tablesaw.
Cut a old piece of wood from a trashed furniture.
Medium hardwood, with visible sap.
I made a quick sketch of the old strops shape when it was apart.
So the measures and shape were transferred to the block of wood.
As the lazy anti gallot person I am, I use a motor powered saw.
Just quick rough shaping on the bandsaw. ;-)
After that some sanding.
I decide to give it a wee ornamentation, even the old one have none and I usually like it simple.
Hmmm, I must have smoked to little tobacco, perhaps just in a romantic mood.
Then dye, oil, polish, wax.
Ok MaFe, I guess you are a little over the top today!
Cutting a leather strip for the strop.
Predrilling a few holes.
Then three copper nails to hold the strop in place.
Rounding them a wee, while I hammer them in.
At the other end, I pull the strop tight with a pliers, before putting the nails in place.
That’s it, the strop is a reality.
Fine size and nice to hold.
Time to load the strop.
Since the leather is quite ‘shiny’, I take a blade and rough it a wee by, just running the blade vertically down the leather, don’t cut, just a careful roughing. (Try on another piece first).
Then time to load it, this time with Flexcut Gold Polishing Compound, this because our friend Druid here on LJ wrote me that I should try this out, so I bought some online and it arrived today, perfect timing.
Just rub it in, plenty, don’t be cheap, the stick will last forever.
Finally the strop is at work, honing a knife and testing it out.
I agree, this is really an effective compound, for me it seems to be more effective and make a better polish to that mirror we like, when I have used it for a while I will get back on the subject (if I remember it).
Hope it could inspire or keep you sharp.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.