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04-09-2020 06:36 AM

the highest i sharpen is with a 2000 grit diamond plate, is it necessary to strop after that thanks Mike


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#1 posted 04-09-2020 07:30 AM

Stropping is not necessary but if you want the best from your chisels and planes you will strop. The cost to get set up is negligible. You can start with a scrap of cowhide or horsehide at least 3”x8” and preferably some green stropping/polishing compound. It only takes a few seconds and leaves the edge much smoother than if you don’t strop. If you want to get fancy get two pieces of leather and mount them on scraps of plywood; one with the rough surface up for the polishing compound and one with the smooth surface up for a final polish without the compound. Still, it only takes seconds and the cost is still small. A well prepared edge can be touched up several times on the strop alone if you don’t put it off so long that the edge has gotten too dull.

-- David

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#2 posted 04-09-2020 07:59 AM

I have strops and compound, but I was wondering if it would matter when I hone on a 2000 grit diamond plate. I have no idea what the grit of the coumpound is, the one I use is red rouge, it about 30 yeard old

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#3 posted 04-09-2020 09:19 AM

Red rouge won’t work for stropping blades/irons, it isn’t hard enough. It’s designed for polishing soft metals for jewellery. There are differences between compounds but any buffing/polishing compound designed for steel will work.

Unless you’re willing to shell out for very high grit stones (8-10k+) stropping is the BEST way to finish your blades.

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#4 posted 04-09-2020 10:11 AM

I recently learned how to strop. I not keep it handy for any hand powered tool. I hone to 3000 first.

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#5 posted 04-09-2020 10:30 AM

Maybe not a critical step but I sure enjoy looking at that polished edge. At the low ost to get a piece of leather and some rouge why not.

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#6 posted 04-09-2020 10:39 AM

Check out Stumpy Nubs. He just released some videos on the importance of using a strop.

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#7 posted 04-09-2020 01:47 PM

What many don’t understand is that thin, fine, sharp edge often get bent to one side under use. Stropping straightens it back out. This is also the purpose of the sharpening “steel” used by chefs. It straightens out the already sharp edge. Sharpening “steels” also work well on woodworking edges.

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#8 posted 04-09-2020 02:25 PM



...sharp edge often get bent to one side under use. Stropping straightens it back out. This is also the purpose of the sharpening “steel” used by chefs. It straightens out the already sharp edge. Sharpening “steels” also work well on woodworking edges.
- Planeman40

100% correct in the kitchen we use stones to Sharpen, and a steel to Hone the edge. I have a 6” diamond steel that I keep on my bench that gets frequent use for most everything with an edge.. lol even my Katanas

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#9 posted 04-09-2020 02:47 PM



the highest i sharpen is with a 2000 grit diamond plate, is it necessary to strop after that thanks Mike

- Karda

OK, let’s get ‘er started…...:-D

Stropping is not necessary.

Go to at least 6K.

Personally I go to 12K.

I strop but I don’t really know why.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#10 posted 04-09-2020 03:19 PM

It’s not just the grit that matters. Stone sharpening forms a ‘wire’ on the edge that stropping removes. This is most easily felt on the edge of a scraper but exists on most any stone sharpened edge.

The hardness of the stone just flops the wire from one side of the edge to the other and never really removes it (since the action of the stone created the wire, more stonework ain’t going to remove it).

Going to a softer strop helps flex, roll, and break the wire free. Leaving the edge clean and at ultimate sharpness.

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#11 posted 04-09-2020 03:31 PM

That is true about the “wire edge”. A better way to remove it is to jab the edge into the end grain of a softwood block. This knocks the wire edge really nice.

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#12 posted 04-09-2020 03:42 PM

Try stropping for a while and see if it makes any difference in the quality or durability of the edge. If you don’t notice an improvement, you don’t need to strop. If you do notice an improvement, then keep stropping.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#13 posted 04-09-2020 03:48 PM

Stropping is done with the edge, stone is used against the edge.

Certainly barbers have been stropping blades since the invention of iron because there is no benefit to the edge …

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#14 posted 04-09-2020 04:00 PM

Stropping is not necessary, but do you want sharp, super sharp or scary sharp.

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#15 posted 04-09-2020 05:40 PM

ok thanks

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