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Project by mafe posted 11-30-2016 09:52 PM 1483 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Old Danish honing strop
and making a copy…

My friend Flemming came by the shop with a old Danish honing strop, after he left I decided to make a copy.
You can read more in the blog:

Here the original strop.

1. The strop.
2. Transferring the design.
3. Cut to shape
4. Mounting leather.
5. Loading with compound.
6. Yes it works really well.

Druid you should read the blog…

Hope this can inspire or keep sharp.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

13 comments so far

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#1 posted 11-30-2016 10:53 PM

It certainly is an interesting design Mads. Is that the first one you’ve seen like that or are there other examples of similar designs in Denmark that you’ve come across?

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrrupt man who is doing it."

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 11-30-2016 11:19 PM

Neat job, Mads.
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 11-30-2016 11:43 PM

Very nice!

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#4 posted 11-30-2016 11:53 PM

Brit, yes it is the first one like this, I have no idea about the story, might have been for shaving but it was bought with some woodworking tools… No matter what, I like it and it is super for honing knifes by the bench, that was why I wanted to give it a try. I have a loose strop hanging and several hard, so time to test new, ;-)
Jim and Joe, thanks.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Ron Aylor

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#5 posted 12-01-2016 12:49 AM

I too have a loose strop hanging from the end of my bench (that’s seen better days) and a hard strop as part of my sharpening station. I might swap the loose strop for this design, placing it at the end of the bench, close to my wagon vise … have it pivot up for use, if you will … hmmmm. I guess it’s time to grease up the old treadle powered reciprocating saw!

Again … THANKS for the inspiration. Mads!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#6 posted 12-01-2016 01:38 AM

Very interesting project.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#7 posted 12-01-2016 07:37 AM

Something to keep in mind. Thanks Mafe.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#8 posted 12-01-2016 02:30 PM

Nice strop. My dad used one that he would step on and pull tight and clean up his razor every time before he shaved. Brings back memories. Great blog too. Would make a cool project.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 12-01-2016 04:07 PM

Very nice strop. Added to favorites.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#10 posted 12-01-2016 04:44 PM

This is a very interesting post, Mads. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 12-01-2016 06:32 PM

Nice interesting post Mads.
I am glad to see that your brain is churning in overdrive.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#12 posted 12-01-2016 08:07 PM

Great Job mads :-)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#13 posted 12-04-2016 01:07 AM

Hi hi ho,
Peteg, smiles.
Madts, always cooking up there.
helluvawreck, smiles.
SteveGaskins, I used it few times now on knifes and really like it.
doubleDD, I use a strop also with my old style shaving knifes, but usually I use a bade razor.
Dutchy, I have a terrible memory. ;-)
htl, thanks.
Ron Aylor, fine way to hold it. You can let the strop run all the way around, then you have hard on the back.
hank you all for the comments.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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