I've read through several posts on strops, but perhaps someone could quickly answer some questions I have:
Materials - Balsa, Leather, Felt - Is there one that works better for kitchen knives or certain steels (stainless vs carbon)? Is it the feedback the material gives? Or are certain materials easier to load?
Loaded vs Unloaded - Seems like most people load strops before use for fine cutting. Do people ever strop unloaded or is that ineffective? I thought I read Murray Carter just strops on newsprint.
Spray/Paste - Any preference toward diamond spray vs CrO? I gather the micron size makes most of the difference.