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Posted on Is a Strop even necessary?

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#1 posted 12-19-2018 04:15 PM

I use a horse hide leather strop on occasion. But for day-to-day stropping I have mounted 4 MDF wheels on a buffer/grinder. I shaped the wheels to conform to the rounds and V’s of my carving tools. I also put a leather belt on my delta 1” belt sander ($20 on Craigs). I charge the wheels and belt with my own green honing compound, made from beeswax. A few seconds is all it takes for my carving tools on the MDF wheels and my flat chisels on the belt. My tools will go for many years without touching a stone, just stropping. Eventually the back gets rounded over a bit and I’ll go back to the 1000—-> 8000 diamond or Japanese stones. 8,000 is all I need for the finest work. Stropping does the day-to-day work and that is done in about 10 seconds when needed. The idea of doing 30 strokes each time would not be appealing!

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