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#1 posted 01-02-2019 10:17 PM

Just scanned a sharpening supply retailer that I’ve used in the past and been happy with and to my amazement, found some “stroping” supplies that may enhance even a 16,000 grit sharpened blade. I’ll attach a couple links, (I have no affiliation to this company, nor have I used any of the products that I’m posting). I’m simply attempting to add to the discussion that seemed to be over since I was not aware that there were stropping pastes/compounds or synthetic strops that exceeded a smaller micron size than 0.92 micron which is the equivalent of a 16,000 grit abrasive.

This is an extremely affordable abrasive powder that is just sprinkled onto a strop with a micron size of 0.25!

These appear to be a synthetic strops available in multiple to single and even sub-micron abrasive sizes.

I haven’t even considered purchasing the Shapton 30,000 (0.49 micron) stone because it is simply too expensive. I’m sure that the results are pretty amazing as I’m stunned with the quality of bevel I receive after the 8000 as well as the 16,000 grit stones. Considering the Shapton 30,000 stone retails for $360.00, I’m definitely considering the purchase of one of these synthetic “Jende Nanocloth Ultra Strops” that has an even drastically smaller micron size as small as 0.025 micron!!! That’s absurd! Also, I’ve been probably misguided as many have about the micron size and the use of the word “grit”. Apparently, a 0.5 micron abrasive is equal to 60,000 grit so however Shapton comes up with their numbers, I’m not sure. A 0.25 micron abrasive is equal to 100,000 grit so considering that there are synthetic strops available that have an abrasive as small as 0.25, 0.1, and 0.025 micron, perhaps my decision to skip the strop can be swayed. I’m going to contact this online retailer to inquire more information about these items and what kind of results can be expected.

Obviously, if you’ve used one of these Jende Nanocloth Ultra Strops, I’d love to hear about it.


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