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.
If you're going through hell, keep going.
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!