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Old 02-28-2010, 02:40 PM
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Could some one please explain the
stropping process and what materials
are needed to do this. If you have
purchased a good "factory sharpened"
knife, I assume you still need to strope it.
Is this correct?

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Old 02-28-2010, 02:59 PM
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The stropping process gives a "feather edge" to your knife or gouges. Using a leather surface and fine abrasive, you slide the tool across the strop, moving away from the cutting edge. On most carving tools you strop on both side of the cutting edge. On curved gouges you may need a strop with a convex shape. Some carvers strop their tools on cardboard or other surfaces, but it needs to be something that hold the honing compound (or a material that has fine abrasives in it). On the microscopic level the process moves (and removes) some of the metal molecules to (and from) the cutting edge.
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Where would a "newbie" go to find stropping
materials and information?
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www.littleshavers.com, www.thewoodcraftshop.com, Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers. There are other suppliers, also take a look on www.youtube.com , there are good videos on stropping, sharpening and carving. Hope this helps.

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Thank You for your help and patience.

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Some carvers strop their tools on cardboard or other surfaces, but it needs to be something that hold the honing compound (or a material that has fine abrasives in it). On the microscopic level the process moves (and removes) some of the metal molecules to (and from) the cutting edge.
Hey Pallin, what other surfaces do you know of that you can strop on besides leather? Thanks

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Kenny, I use cardbaord with compound for my Dockyards.

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Here is another way Kenny, it is a hard rubber. - SMALL "WOOD IS GOOD" HONE STROP #207501

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