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Posted on Do you use a strop when sharpening hand plane blades?

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Richard H

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#1 posted 11-20-2015 03:50 PM

I’m not sure it’s completely necessary after 8000 grit to use a strop but I tend to just take a couple strokes after honing to polish the blade a bit. It is useful to extend the amount the time between having to go back to the stones. If the chisel/plane iron starts to feel a bit dull take it to the strop and clean it up rather than back to the stone. I can usually do this several times before I have to go back to the stones and it helps keep the edge very sharp longer.

I use a leather strop attached to a handle myself but I don’t know why MDF with very fine polishing compound wouldn’t work just as good if you prefer that method.

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