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Stropping
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

Pictures:
1. In use for honing.
2. A handle is made.
3. Clamping.
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.

Best thoughts,

MaFe

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





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Maveric777

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#1 posted 1022 days ago

Well, you got my attention….lol. Need to head over to the blog and learn me something.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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RGtools

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#2 posted 1022 days ago

Always wonderful to take a peek into your shop Mads.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#3 posted 1022 days ago

I can see you are ready for a game of rundbold …. just say when :-)

Dennis

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#4 posted 1022 days ago

Mafe first off I hope all is well friend! Been a while since we chatted.

This is a great way to sharpen no doubt. I have done it for a while as well as a buddy at work whos a great carver does the same thing. Nice post and tools talk to you soon.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 1022 days ago

I strop after if inish sharpening, but use just leather, no compound. At the point the process is meant to remove any final burr. I’ve tried with and without compound and not seen any difference. I leave the right on the jig if sharpening a plane iron.

When stropping in between the sharpenings like you describe the compound makes an improvement.

As always Mads, great post. It did remind me I’ve been meaning to make a couple more of these.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#6 posted 1022 days ago

stropping totally rocks, do both sides of the chisel for those that don’t know. Watch out for the razor sharp edge!

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DS

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#7 posted 1022 days ago

I just assumed everyone strops their chisels… hmmm….
The strop is my constant companion when carving.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#8 posted 1022 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#9 posted 1022 days ago

Nice work, Mad. Thanks for sharing.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 1022 days ago

Mafe:

I did similar on the worksharp honing disk. But I think I am going to buil my self one following your blog.

It will be easier to use then pulling the machinery everytime, Which I dread to do.

Thanks for sharing.

I have not seen div online for quite some times. I do know he is busy with his new house. I hope he is doing well.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Dez

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#11 posted 1022 days ago

I’ve been using a strop for many years! My father used them for his leather working knives as well.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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twokidsnosleep

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#12 posted 1022 days ago

I made a stropping board a while back and just purchased some compound for it. It was planned for leather working tools, but really no difference in using it to hone a wood chisel.
I like your strop’s resemblance to a cricket bat, mine is much more pedestrian.
Cheers, Scott

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#13 posted 1022 days ago

Perfect timing, Mads! I just made a strop a couple days ago. I’m subscribed!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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ETwoodworks

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#14 posted 1022 days ago

I have been doing this for years but never thought to use any compound maybe I will give that a shot. Thanks

-- Building quality in a throw away world.

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Brit

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#15 posted 1022 days ago

Anyone for cricket? Nice strops Mads.

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

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