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To Strop or Not to Strop...

Discussion in 'Sharpening Stuff -- Stones, Strops, and Systems' started by Moshe ben David, Dec 20, 2015.

  1. Thisguy93

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    Sorry to bump a necrosis thread, but if you get an antique strop, with linen and leather, you don't need compounds. They work great. I've got one from the 30's that's Scottish shell and it makes everything from my straight razors to my pocket knives sharp enough to do a full three pass shave with ( with the grain, across the grain, and against the grain) and I achieve bbs ( baby butt smooth).

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  2. Sharp Knife

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    I like to strop on cotton Blue Jean Linen.
     
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    My thing too, when out doing fun things, where not uncommon to be wearing jeans. In squatting position, jeans stretched tight against upper-thigh. Makes for passable, improvised stropping surface.
     
  4. DomC

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    All my blades are stropped after initial sharpening. Green compound and a leather strop works for me.

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  5. JustinJ
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    I strop after use on an old belt or rolled up magazine. it helps keep the edge nice until the next round on the sharpmaker. since all my knives are already sharp, all it takes is a few passes on the ultrafine stones to keep them that way.
     
  6. Airborne 1

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    Stropping is a Zen thing !!...When you get it right you will know...And if you stropping hard enough to weaken the metal,your not doing it right !!

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  7. Sharp Knife

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    Strop the edge and it will improve the sharpness, unless you confuse having a jagged burr edge with sharpness.
     
  8. pathwinder14

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    Stropping is mandatory. At least one strop with aluminum oxide (white compound). I personally run 4 strops with successively decreasing levels of compound grit.


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  9. Westerdutch

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    Used to do this too.. but one second of weakness and you'll have a nice crosscut in your jeans. Happened to me once, perfectly cut one direction of the fabrics threads so the jeans sort-of are still in one piece but wife will not allow me to do this on my jeans anymore. Bummer.
     
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