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Forum topic by BigJohn posted 08-29-2015 09:13 PM 778 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-29-2015 09:13 PM

Hello. I wanted a the best strop I could find and Tools For Working Wood site says their Horse Butt strop is the best. Had some extra money so I ordered one. Which side do I use? And what should I use to fix it onto something flat? Contact cement? And what should I fix it to? MDF? Thanks.

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#1 posted 08-29-2015 09:27 PM

You can fix it to any flat piece of wood. MDF would probably work fine, as would a good piece of hardwood. Consider gluing a piece of drawer liner to the bottom to help keep the strop from moving around on your bench as you use it.

I use contact cement for leather to wood and it works well.

Now the hard question, which side. You can do it either way. My first strop had the flesh side up (the sueded side) while my current strop has the hair side up (smooth side). After using both, I prefer smooth side up. The argument for flesh side is that it holds more honing compound, but takes longer to get it all worked in and consistent. I’ve found the smooth side holds more than enough compound and like that it is consistent nearly right away.

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#2 posted 08-29-2015 10:31 PM

I do not glue all of my strop to the substrate, wood or MFD. Just glue the top and let the rest be free. Side depends on how you plan to use the strop, with or without compound. Rough side with compound, smooth without. Of course as with all things wood…..YMMV.

BTW, I keep two TFWW horse butt strops hung on my sharpening bench, one with compound one without. Which one I use depends most of the time on which stones I finished the iron on.


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