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Forum topic by widdle posted 03-17-2013 03:22 AM 1071 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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widdle

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03-17-2013 03:22 AM

Wondering if there is a certain type or grade of leather that makes a good strop ? and if you have a source..Would also like some for my vise chops ? thanks..


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#1 posted 03-17-2013 04:08 AM

Tandy’s
http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/home/home.aspx

Standing Bear in Reseda is a great place and cool folks as well.
http://www.sbearstradingpost.com/

HTH

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#2 posted 03-17-2013 11:58 AM

Yes, Tandy. Get “tooling leather”. It comes in varying thicknesses so if you are choosey go to a local Tandy store if one is available. I recently bought enough to make strops and other things around the shop.

Planeman

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#3 posted 03-17-2013 01:53 PM

I like horsehide. I find it to be stiffer. I get mine from a local tack shop. Since the size I need is pretty small (3” x 10”), I can almost always get that out of some of the scraps, so its free.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#4 posted 03-17-2013 01:58 PM

I’ve used one that I got from Highland Woodworking it works well for carving tools. I’ve also used the belt off of an old construction tool holder.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#5 posted 03-17-2013 06:03 PM

Thank you Guys…

Waho.. Reseda is close to me, standing bear looks interesting..will check it out..

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#6 posted 03-17-2013 06:26 PM

I’ve been wondering the same thing myself. Tool leather is the stuff you stamp letters and designs into. Does that make it good for strops too? At first I was unsure about stropping since some people claim it will fold an edge over but this article studied it with electron microscopes and concluded strops were beneficial, particularly with the very fine grit abrasives on the strip Oddly enough they only used up to 1000 grit stones.

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