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#1 posted 12-19-2018 03:02 PM

I use a strop but truthfully I don’t think it makes a noticeable difference. I go to 8K.

I’ll let the gurus correct me, but I think honing does actually remove metal. If its not, then what is the black material I’m seeing on my stone?

I’m of the belief there is the “dubbing effect” from over stropping or not doing it right, for example pressing too hard, or stroking to much. They way I figured this out was trying to follow Paul Seller’s “30 strokes on the strop” idea. But then, he only sharpens to 1000 I think.

Then there’s the question of which side of the leather goes up? And lots of people advocate a piece of MDF with compound rather than leather.

Bottom line if you’re going to 16000 grit don’t use a strop.

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