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tk59
11-12-2011, 12:48 AM
Out of curiousity, how many generally finish by:
A. stropping on newspaper
B. stropping on a finishing stone
C. stropping on loaded leather
D. stropping on loaded balsa
E. stropping on unloaded leather
F. no stropping
G. other

heirkb
11-12-2011, 12:50 AM
Hmm...either F (some natural out of the few I have) or C (Dave's leather and diamond spray).

Sarge
11-12-2011, 01:06 AM
F. All the way for me no strops just finish on the stones and a couple pulls thru champagne cork.

JBroida
11-12-2011, 01:43 AM
a or f depedning on the knife, the sharpening, etc.

EdipisReks
11-12-2011, 01:58 AM
on knives i strop, i use loaded balsa typically.

JBroida
11-12-2011, 02:01 AM
oh... and sometimes G

riverie
11-12-2011, 02:14 AM
B.

JBroida
11-12-2011, 02:16 AM
and B too, sometimes

Ratton
11-12-2011, 02:20 AM
"C" for me!!:knife:

SeanRogerPierce
11-12-2011, 02:48 AM
C, chromium oxide loaded leather.

The Edge
11-12-2011, 03:34 AM
Mostly c, but sometimes g

TamanegiKin
11-12-2011, 04:53 AM
A and B

Benuser
11-12-2011, 04:58 AM
B and/or C (Cr2O3)

mattrud
11-12-2011, 05:01 AM
B and C usually C

ecchef
11-12-2011, 05:23 AM
Usually F, sometimes B, E on occasion (sheath from the borosilicate rod).

stevenStefano
11-12-2011, 05:33 AM
I strop on felt

Keith Neal
11-12-2011, 05:52 AM
a or f depedning on the knife, the sharpening, etc.

"oh... and sometimes G"

"and B too, sometimes"

This is very interesting. I would have thought that people with a lot of experience would have settled on a "best" way to finish. Why do you use different methods under different circumstances?

Keith

Pensacola Tiger
11-12-2011, 06:12 AM
"oh... and sometimes G"

"and B too, sometimes"

This is very interesting. I would have thought that people with a lot of experience would have settled on a "best" way to finish. Why do you use different methods under different circumstances?

Keith

Different knives, and, as you say, different circumstances.

Keith Neal
11-12-2011, 06:30 AM
Different knives, and, as you say, different circumstances.

Can you give some examples please? I expect there are several of us amateurs who are anxious to learn.

Keith

mr drinky
11-12-2011, 06:56 AM
C and G (felt) but I bought some balsa last week and I am going to load it up with chromium oxide and try that too.

k.

obtuse
11-12-2011, 07:02 AM
A,B,D

mainaman
11-12-2011, 07:14 AM
Natural stone

99Limited
11-12-2011, 08:13 AM
B - Gesshin 15k or
D - w/ 1 micron diamond spray or
F - if I'm tired

Marko Tsourkan
11-12-2011, 08:18 AM
Finishing (10K) stone followed by felt-lined strop (unloaded). Sometimes I finish with a natural stone.

M

Lefty
11-12-2011, 08:38 AM
A, or F.

mhenry
11-12-2011, 08:43 AM
B on 10k stone

ajhuff
11-12-2011, 08:48 AM
No strop.

-AJ

Sarge
11-12-2011, 08:49 AM
Quick question what do people consider stropping on the stone. To me that is still just using the stones or same as F. Even if you are doing dedicated edge trailing strokes, to me that is finishing on the stone and no really stropping.

To me stropping is using some other medium besides the stone to aid in finishing. Just curious what others think.

Eamon Burke
11-12-2011, 09:25 AM
C and g

G being a ceramic rod

tgraypots
11-12-2011, 09:34 AM
G
aluminum oxide on a scotchbrite polishing belt

tk59
11-12-2011, 10:08 AM
@ Sarge and Keith Neal: Please post a new thread rather than hijack this one. Thanks!

RRLOVER
11-12-2011, 10:34 AM
C & D

Sarge
11-12-2011, 10:52 AM
:O
My apologizes. I wasn't looking to hijack; however I felt it relevant because it could affect to my answer to the poll, but discussions of stropping definitions deserves a thread of its own you are correct.

Carry on

Keith Neal
11-12-2011, 11:06 AM
:O
My apologizes. I wasn't looking to hijack; however I felt it relevant because it could affect to my answer to the poll, but discussions of stropping definitions deserves a thread of its own you are correct.

Carry on

My apologies also. I didn't realize a request for some expansion of the answers constituted a hijack. Will not happen again.

Keith

tk59
11-12-2011, 12:00 PM
Not a big deal but I might decide to count up responses later and lots of multiples and discussions make it more painful than it needs to be. That's why I labeled it a "poll." Thanks. I really do think you guys should start new threads though. If you don't, I might just do it myself. I think there might be some interesting responses.

Damn. I forgot about stropping on felt... :slaphead:

For the purposes of this thread: Stropping = any edge-trailing stroke.

Sarge
11-12-2011, 12:02 PM
Alright I amend my answer then to B. I finish on the stones with edge trailing strokes.

Rottman
11-12-2011, 12:21 PM
Usually C and D

Pensacola Tiger
11-12-2011, 04:39 PM
B, C and F.

shankster
11-12-2011, 06:15 PM
B,C,F and sometimes G(cardboard) depends.....

Andrew H
11-12-2011, 08:32 PM
D, but I think you already know that Tinh :D

chazmtb
11-12-2011, 08:45 PM
C then E

Dave Martell
11-12-2011, 09:19 PM
C. stropping on loaded leather

mr drinky
11-12-2011, 09:58 PM
C. stropping on loaded leather

Just wondering. When do you use felt? If you do?

k.

JohnnyChance
11-13-2011, 03:55 AM
Out of curiousity, how many generally finish by:
A. stropping on newspaper
B. stropping on a finishing stone
C. stropping on loaded leather
D. stropping on loaded balsa
E. stropping on unloaded leather
F. no stropping
G. other

Mostly D, but I do some C, F, and G as well (felt). If I had some higher grit and/or jnat stones I would B too.

Seb
11-13-2011, 06:31 AM
G. I like to strop on bare felt and then, sometimes, on felt loaded with silicon carbide or boron oxide. Current favorite final strop is Smurf Poo (Starkie Blue) on bovine leather - really, really fast and leaves an extremely toothy edge.

SpikeC
11-13-2011, 01:21 PM
C, with .5 Diamond paste on a piece of leather from an old couch, sometimes on a piece of leather used to make leather motorcycle jackets with well used red jewelers rouge.

Dave Martell
11-13-2011, 01:23 PM
C. stropping on loaded leather


Just wondering. When do you use felt? If you do?

k.


I use it between stones but not all the time. I tend to only use it on stainless burr clinger knives. I also keep a second felt pad loaded with chromium oxide that I love to use on yanagiba just before leather/diamond, this makes a really crazy edge.

Citizen Snips
11-13-2011, 02:55 PM
combination of B and G (CR02 loaded felt) depending on what im trying to accomplish, what knife im sharpening and what stone im planning to stop on

side notes:
i have E at work for emergency stropping
im interested in trying A out for an extended time of a few weeks

NO ChoP!
11-13-2011, 05:44 PM
A.) This really works quite well, and I do it often
C.) Preferred method after full progression with stones/ Diamond spray; I like higher grit= 1 micron
D.) unloaded balsa, works similar to newspaper....but, may actually prefer newspaper

Knifefan
11-13-2011, 07:21 PM
B and C.

deanb
11-13-2011, 07:43 PM
C- Stropping on loaded leather.

DwarvenChef
11-13-2011, 08:06 PM
Out of curiousity, how many generally finish by:
A. stropping on newspaper
B. stropping on a finishing stone
C. stropping on loaded leather
D. stropping on loaded balsa
E. stropping on unloaded leather
F. no stropping
G. other

I'm assuming kitchen knives here :p I haven't done much stropping just yet on my kitchen knives and I don't think that my wiping style on a dry towel after sharpening counts...

tk59
11-13-2011, 09:56 PM
:rofl2:

EdipisReks
11-13-2011, 10:31 PM
I don't think that my wiping style on a dry towel after sharpening counts...

that would depend on how often you wash the towel.