|Forum topic by Woodbuster1||posted 01-08-2014 07:21 PM||5449 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
01-08-2014 07:21 PM
LEATHER STROPPING AND HONING WHEELS
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 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.