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Leather sharpening strop
Switched to two blade, single bevel heads this year. What’s a good leather strop for finishing? Is there much of a difference in them? Thanks!
I just used a barbers strop, you can still get them on line. I think I bought mine on Amazon.
Well...it depends on who you ask. Fact is that a broadhead isn't and never will be straight razor, so you don't need anything of nearly that quality. An old leather belt, a piece of a boot, a piece of leather glued to a board all do a good job. They aren't sharpening anything, all they are doing is polishing really.
i have these for 2 blades. the one on the right is a leather strop. the others are fine sharpening stones.
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The best strops are made from the rump area of a Horse. They’re called a Russian strop.
Jasper what RonP has pictured are for double bevel heads. Any smooth & preferably not too soft leather will work. In fact some folks even use cardboard. Another tip I learned & use is a fine dusting of pummis stone dust on a strop takes it to another level.
I've been using corragated cardboard for years. I always have some and it works great.
Will Tell my ex wives always said I was the rump area of a horse. Maybe that's why I sometimes feel stroppy.
I just use leather glued to a board. For VPA sharpening, I have always ground in some Herbs Yellowstone stropping compound into that leather first. Makes a HUGE difference in the end resulting shaving sharpness factor.
Will tell, I agree Horse rump leather is the best. I use mine on knives. But use rouge and cardboard for BHs
I forgot why old timers liked horse hide. So I looked It up
Amazing leather for stropping with: Equine leather has a very high concentration of silicate, and perfect for those who do not wish to load their strops with compounds. Ideal for loading with 9K - 14K grit compounds. Offers the best tactile feel and control when using unloaded.
I like to have two double sided paddle strops. Course and fine… I used green compound on one and white on the other
Jeweler's Rogue works great on a strop. I used deer leather...worked fine.
I’ll second the cardboard. Cheap, easily obtainable, and works great.
Basically all a strope does is take the fine burr off the edge
Another vote for and user of cardboard here. It really works for me.