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    Strop Setup Recommendations

    I have been off the forums from some time and interested to know what people are using from stropping setup these days. What seems to work best?
    I noticed that most of the retailers here no longer carry any stropping supplies. Where are people getting their stropping supplies?

    For reference, I am still using my HA strop setup with a Felt Pad for deburring and a leather pad loaded with Chromium Oxide for stropping. I am thinking about ditching the HA setup for something new.

    Thanks in advance for any information and advice.

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    I carry one of these in my knife kit...
    http://www.stropman.com/

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    http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...ses-and-Strops

    I have one of these on the way + 1 micron diamond spray
    Huw
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    Leather can be obtained here.
    http://www.woodcraft.com/catalog/pro...px?prodid=8620

    I glued up 2 pieces of Plywood to get knuckle clearance, & used contact cement to mount .

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    Make your own Salty's Strop v2? http://youtu.be/g9Smlj0fNnE
    I'd like to make my own, but I don't have a garage or the tools.

    Phoenix Knife House used to supply some of the stuff for Dave Martell's All U Need Strop Kit. They still seem to make replacement leather pads for Dave's Kit, and have their own strops much like Dave's.

    tsourkanknives.com Marko's looks very nice.
    And there's also Kramers.


    Have you had any curling with the leather pads in the HA setup? I've seen a post with the leather curling off the pads

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    I have Marko's felt and diamond spray - effective and attractive to boot! My wife doesn't hate it sitting out like when I leave a wet muddy stone on the counter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSChief View Post
    Leather can be obtained here.
    http://www.woodcraft.com/catalog/pro...px?prodid=8620

    I glued up 2 pieces of Plywood to get knuckle clearance, & used contact cement to mount .
    +1. Be careful with whatever you use to fix the leather to the board - I woodcarver commented on an old strop I made that he could feel the uneveness of the glue lumps..

    I'm convinced the better flat leather is worth the cost - tried scrap leather and leather belts and they worked ...ok. Actually the narrow leather belt is pretty good, but a lot of guys here recommend wider strops, so I tried that too. The softer leather belt would convex the edge slightly, where the harder flat leather seems not to do that as much. I used carpet tape on my latest strop, the local hardware store ripped a nice pine board down to an even 3 inches (I made 2 strops from the 6 in wide leather) at no charge since I bought the board from them.

    For compounds I have used (10 micron I think) alu powder, green hard buffing compound, and now 1 micron Boron Carbide. The BC does an awesome job on my harder steel, but is a little messy - tends to leave a little black stuff that has to be washed off my hands. What I want is the waxy buffing compound that sticks to the strop and sprinkle really sharp, hard 1 - 5 micron powder on it as a refresh - it's what I did with the green stuff and the alu powder and still think that was the best combo. (caveat, haven't tried any diamond powders)

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    If you don't feel like making your own, these guys sell leather, balsa, and felt bench strops plain or loaded for really cheap and they are very nicely made. http://shop.starshaving.com/category.sc?categoryId=6 They also carry diamond slurry and CrO2 paste at a great price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joetbn View Post
    If you don't feel like making your own, these guys sell leather, balsa, and felt bench strops plain or loaded for really cheap and they are very nicely made. http://shop.starshaving.com/category.sc?categoryId=6 They also carry diamond slurry and CrO2 paste at a great price.
    ...almost cheaper than making one. Good suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GConcept999 View Post

    Make your own Salty's Strop v2? http://youtu.be/g9Smlj0fNnE
    I'd like to make my own, but I don't have a garage or the tools

    Have you had any curling with the leather pads in the HA setup? I've seen a post with the leather curling off the pads
    I don't have a garage or the tools either to make myself a strop setup.

    I haven't had a problem with the leather pad curling with my HA setup and mine is pretty old at this point.

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