Leather Honing and Stropping Wheels

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Trade & Swap forum

Forum topic by Woodbuster1 posted 01-08-2014 07:21 PM 7548 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Woodbuster1's profile


21 posts in 1563 days

01-08-2014 07:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sharpening honing stropping grinder


I made these wheels out of solid cowhide. They are approx. 5 1/4” in diameter and about 1” thick. Some are a little thinner but all are thicker than ¾”. I laminated the wheels out of solid leather. You can hone on the side or on the face. They are as concentric as I can get truing them on my bench grinder. Most of them have a little discrepancy in thickness. In other words, they are concentric but unbalanced. They are light enough that I don’t think it will cause any problems. They all have a ½” bore.
I have 7 of these wheels for sale.
$20 plus shipping each.

I also have one ½” thick wheel. I’m asking $15 for it.

Here is what they pretty much look like:

Sharpening with a leather strop is a great way to achieve razor sharpness in very little time. It does take some practice but the learning curve in pretty easy. With the grinder on and SPINNING AWAY FROM YOU (VERY IMPORTANT). You want the wheel spinning away from the edge of the tool at all times. Never into the blade. Like a tormek does. Place the heel of the bevel on the wheel lightly and raise the tool until the toe of the bevel (the sharp end) is lightly being honed. Holding it at that angle pass the whole edge of the blade over the wheel. You can then LIGHTLY hone the back for about a second either on the edge of the wheel or on the side. Do that a several times and if you do it right you blade ought to pop the hairs off your arm. Don’t push the blade into the wheel because you can round over the edge.

Honing with a leather wheel is a great way to sharpen. Try one, I think you will like it.


7 replies so far

View katilicous's profile


42 posts in 2367 days

#1 posted 01-17-2014 08:44 PM

I want one. Can you PM or list contact info?

-- If you fall, I'll be there. -Floor

View Woodbuster1's profile


21 posts in 1563 days

#2 posted 01-18-2014 03:59 AM

Sure, I will PM you my information. I only have two more thick wheels beside the half thick one. Thank you,


View auto1900's profile


1 post in 1193 days

#3 posted 01-12-2015 10:54 AM

I would like to get 1” or wider large leather wheels for polishing old chisels and tools that I find at flea markets and yard sales. Can you help me?

View Joemac's profile


3 posts in 2397 days

#4 posted 01-12-2015 06:29 PM

Do you have any more left? I am interested.

View Doda's profile


1 post in 1178 days

#5 posted 01-27-2015 11:01 PM

Do you have any more of your strops. I would like to purchase one.

View NovaLover's profile


1 post in 1126 days

#6 posted 03-20-2015 08:31 PM

If you are still making them, I would like to purchase as well

View SusanS's profile


15 posts in 653 days

#7 posted 11-11-2016 06:28 AM

Hi, I just saw your old post on your leather wheels. If you are still making/selling them, I am looking to buy one that is about 6” in diameter and about 1” thick. Pls message me on how to pay you and how much. Thanks!

-- Susan in San Francisco

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics