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Forum topic by Tedstor posted 12-10-2012 03:16 PM 771 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tedstor

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12-10-2012 03:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: strop sharpening

I bought a piece of leather/strop off this ebay seller a few months back. The guy sells a few different versions at any given time, but I went with the 3×9”. I glued mine down to a piece of scrap maple. Nice, thick leather stock. I’d guess about 1/8” thick. I use mine all the time with some green buffing compound. Very happy with the results.
I realize a strop can be made with an old belt or other sources. But for under $10, I decided this was the easier route to take. Especially since this strop is big enough to accomodate a wider range of tools.

And FTR, I have zero affiliation with this seller other than my one purchase from him. I just found that the “perfect” strop (for me) was harder to find than I thought. So I’m pointing this source out to LJ as a public service. YMMV.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/121035090384?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649


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live4ever

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#1 posted 12-10-2012 03:45 PM

Thanks for the tip! I’m curious – the only thing I’ve ever used for a strop is MDF (with green buffing compound) and it’s very effective. Does leather work much better or is it just a preference thing to strop with a softer substrate?

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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Tedstor

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#2 posted 12-10-2012 03:52 PM

Good question. I dunno if one is better than the other. I’m a bit of a traditionalist. I suppose that’s what makes me lean into the leather camp.

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waho6o9

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#3 posted 12-10-2012 04:12 PM

It’s amazing how well stropping keeps a sharp edge
when you’re working.

Some folks like the smooth side of the leather while
others prefer the rough side.

Maybe the rough side holds more compound?

Good job on the strop Tedstor.

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live4ever

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#4 posted 12-10-2012 04:25 PM

I can see the leather being better in some respects because the angle of your stropping doesn’t matter as much due to the softness of the material…vs. dead flat MDF where if you’re freehanding, you have to make sure you’re right on the bevel or secondary bevel. I’ll just have to try it. :)

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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Lee Barker

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#5 posted 12-10-2012 04:30 PM

I have a lot to learn here.

My father shaved with a straight razor and always had two strops—one leather, two different kinds, two sides, and one was a heavy fabric. I’d liken it to fire hose fabric. I don’t recall his putting any compound on them, but the razor always got stropped by both materials before the shave began.

The technique was to draw the tool toward himself with the cutting edge trailing, the blade nearly parallel to the surface. It was a long stroke.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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schnable

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#6 posted 12-10-2012 05:08 PM

I also have purchased a strop from this seller. I was able to obtain a custom size and I also asked for (and recieved) some scrap pieces to glue to the end of my holdfasts and clamps. Highly recommended.

-- Andrew

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wunderaa

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#7 posted 12-10-2012 05:18 PM

I recently purchased some leather off of amazon to place on my vice faces. With the extra I cut myself a strop. For $10, you get 2 square feet. The seller also has other sizes for reasonable prices.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003X3VZA0/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00

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Tedstor

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#8 posted 12-10-2012 06:42 PM

Wunder,
Have you found that leather to be adequately thick? Some of the reviewers seem to indicate it to be under 1/16”.
For all I know, that could be more than adequate. If so, I might order some. Leather is a good material to have on-hand.

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wunderaa

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#9 posted 12-10-2012 08:07 PM

The leather I got was just shy of 1/8”, but I can see how it may vary somewhat. Mine is also a bit of a rough surface (it’s not top-grain), but I actually prefer a rougher surface for a honing strop, as it allows for better charging. At $10, it’s worth a try IMHO.

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hhhopks

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#10 posted 12-10-2012 08:20 PM

I buy my scrap leather from Hobby Lobby with their weekly 40% off coupon.
You will have enough leather for 10-20 stropes.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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