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

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#1 posted 11-20-2015 04:51 PM

I do. My philosophy of stropping though is that I only want to take the wire edge off from the last step – not add curvature to the edge. Thusly, I only make one or two passes on the strop (green compound), being careful to not apply too much pressure on the back side of the plane (and keeping it FLAT). Strop too much and you’ll change the edge geometry. Whether this is relevant in practice for planes, I do not know. It is certainly relevant for chisels and knives.

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