Leather Strop


Old 10-21-09, 09:13 AM
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Leather Strop

I have been using a leather strop to put an edge on my carving tools. The strop is loaded with black marks from the stropping process. Should this "glaze" be removed and, if so, how is the best way to do it?
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Old 10-24-09, 07:25 PM
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Ive met several seasoned woodcarvers both instructors and just carvers like me. They all say it probably should be removed but all theirs were just as black, which they say doesn't harm the blade at all. Your powder compound is imbedded into the strop leather which is just fine, you can still sharpen your blade like this. If you want to remove most of it, which is probably all you'll get out. Use a old blade or old butter knife and just scrape back and forth until you get as much as you want out. Add some more compound to it and start sharpening again.
Old 10-25-09, 11:46 AM
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Thank you... I appreciate your response...Andy
Old 10-25-09, 01:11 PM
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I've used a brass brush and just lightly run it back and forth lengthwise over the leather...not on a real strop...but just a long chunk of leather I used to take the final burr off my knives back in the day.

Now I just use a Lansky kit and skip that step.

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