Last weekend I stropped on leather loaded with 0.75 CBN after the Rika 5k, turned out very nice
Ages ago, I went and bought the whole shebang from Hand American - balsa, horse, bovine, diamond spray, etc, yadda. But all I really like is boron carbide on split leather or felt. I don't mind the naked bovine either.
I'd like to add that newspaper in a pinch works brilliantly.
The difference between try and triumph is a little "umph"! NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!
Felt and magnetic backing are also easy to find at a craft store. Really cheap.
Got some of this http://www.dicoproducts.com/compounds.html in the SCR gray to use on felt. Wondering if anyone else has used it or knows anything about it.
'I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying.' Woody Allen
Newspapers do work well,how about naked horse
I strop a lot. The best strops I've seen are from Phoenix Knife house. The base is magnatized and the strop is glued to steel (I think). They're the texture of a fine suede and thin, perfect for loading and nice just naked. I have strops loaded with .5 micron CrO2, 1micron diamond spray, .25 micron spray, and a few not loaded at all. I'm a home cook and I'm retired so I have lots of time on my hands to experiment with strops. Since kitchen knives is one of my main hobbies I like to see just how sharp I can get a knife and that always involves a strop. So far, my most used strop is loaded with .5 micron CrO2 paste and CrO2 powder ( a la Dave ).
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
Apologies to the OP for this segue. Aussie members, can you suggest where I can get chromium or diamond stropping compounds or horse hide in Melbourne or anywhere down under? Thanks!