STROPS

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  • #4731
    Anonymous
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    Having just received a decent piece of 5mm / 3/16″ thick vegetable tanned butt leather from our local saddler, I’ll be making a few new sharpening strops and hope to add some pictures later and once my wife has returned from work with our can of spray adhesive. 🙂

    #4732
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    No need to get in a strop Gary. HaHa Joke I know you have no sense of hummer 🙂 😉

    #4734
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Pmsl 😀  Wor lass might get in a strop with me later marra 😉

    #4737
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    HaHa, I think that could be Guaranteed buddy. Good luck with that one 😉

    #4739
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    The escape tunnel is nearing completion and I’ve been watching “The Great Escape” for helpful tips 😉

    #4751
    juryaan
    Participant

    My wife bought me a piece of leather on the market .

    It is about 4 mm thick ,i glued it on a 18 mm thick piece of plywood with the rough site up.

    Is this the right way or should the smooth face of the leather face upwards.

    Also ordered some jewelers rouge as the stropping compound ,is this good compound or

    should i use something else?

    This stropping is totally new for me so i would like to know what you guys are recommending.

    In case you didn’t knew it already ,i am the kind of guy who starts assembling first before

    reading the manual.

    Lopik - Netherlands

    #4752
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Juryaan,

    The strop I have the leather is smooth side up. I’m new to stropping also, and not got as far as the compound 🙂

    #4763
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    The compound I use is from a batch I bought during the 80’s and still going strong.  It’s pale blue in colour, called “Honing Paste” and manufactured by Starkie & Starkie.

    I think you’ll be fine with jeweller’s rouge Juryaan, but you can always try something else if it proves too fine or course during use. 😉

    #4766
    juryaan
    Participant

    and thank you again Gary.

    Lopik - Netherlands

    #4768
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Never a problem Juryaan 😉

    #4779
    Brent Ingvardsen
    Participant

    My strop is a 10 oz blacksmith side (4″ x 10″) glued to a piece of oak. Im using a fine green polishing compound. However, I have the flesh side up. Is this wrong ? Should I have the grain side up ?

    Brent

    Meridianville, Alabama, USA

    #4785
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    It’s normal to have the smooth side up, but if it’s working and producing a good edge I’d not worry too much Brent.  Continual stropping will tend to refine the surface anyway.  I used chamois leather for years without negative effect on the quality of my blade edges. 😉

    #4791

    I also have the flesh side up because that’s what Paul advised if I recall correctly.

    #4792
    jonkilleen
    Participant

    I’m using chamois at the moment. Only downside is that it is very stretchy. I keep having to tighten up the nails holding it in place. I did glue it first but that didn’t seem to work.  I saw on another forum someone suggesting buying a leather welders apron and cutting pieces from that.  About £10 from Amazon.

    Yorkshireman currently living in Hampshire

    #4796
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Jon, try second hand / charity shops, for leather belts, handbags, old leather gym training belts. I would not let the wife, or the guys see the handbag though. HaHa 🙂

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