|Project by mafe||posted 11-14-2011 03:14 PM||3371 views||10 times favorited||44 comments|
honing on leather, thanks to Div
For those who never heard of stropping, it is simply to hone the edge of your iron on a piece of leather with some compound or paste as the honing material, just as you have probably seen a barber do on his leather strap with the razor knife.
A long time ago I read about the term stopping and woodworking, I was really exited but when I told this to a Danish woodworker he just laughed at me and said that that he never heard of this, no one did this, and all his fellow woodworkers was laughing at this when they heard of it, and so I put this out of my head for a while.
But my friend Div then one day told me that he always stropped, he stropped his chisels regularly while using them and also his plane irons got a fast tour on the stop once in a while, and since I have a big respect for the words of Div and know he normally do nothing without a reason, I decided to make some strops and give it a try, the worst that could happen was that I would waste some leather.
After having used stop for a good time now I can say; ‘I will probably never go back’, I love the fact that you during your work can make a fast stopping and have this razor sharp edge right back, and after i started stropping – paring with a chisel is a new world, I am completely in control and I can leave a perfect surface on the wood.
Read more in the blog.
So any bad sides? No!
Is it magic? No, just a wonderful fast way to hone your chisel back to razor while you work. It cannot sharpen a chisel, just hone it when you slowly wear down the edge, when the edge is worn down you still need to go back to the stone.
In a way it feels like using a Japan knife, you just strop instead of breaking of the blades as you go, and then at some point you have used the full capacity and need to take the full tour.
The post is pictures from the blog: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/26468
1. In use for honing.
2. A handle is made.
4. The different versions.
5. One side without compound.
6. One side with compound.
_Hope this can inspire others to try honing on strap, together with a water stone system you will have razor sharp edges and so much more joy in your woodworking.
Thank you Div.
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.