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    razor paddle strop

    As I was browsing the weekly flea market down the street from my house I spied an antique Howard #255 razor strop in very nice condition. It is 2 sided and has a little red compound on one side. I talked the guy down to 10 bucks and brought it home, intending to use it on my straight razor, butt I tried it on a couple of knives first. Woo-Hoo!
    It brought a fairly sharp edge to very sharp in short order. I do believe that I have a new weapon in the sharpening arsenal.
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    congratulations.. a good find is most satisfying indeed. IF needed , can clean the red compound off with alcohol. If leather is dry , you will have to make it supple again by oiling it. I used mineral oil.

    i trust ht by now all your knives in the hse wld have been stropped!

    hv a nice week-end

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    I have seen loads of these paddle strops and have always been curious about them. Does the leather stay flat on them? I use a rather cheap one that has no backing and warps a little, making it pretty useless sometimes

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    This one has a little more cushion than my homemade ones, each side a little different. The compound on the one side is just residue, about the right amount I think! This thing is pretty well made, with a heavy wire frame around the perimeter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenStefano View Post
    I have seen loads of these paddle strops and have always been curious about them. Does the leather stay flat on them? I use a rather cheap one that has no backing and warps a little, making it pretty useless sometimes
    if the leather is not flat it will be useless for razors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mainaman View Post
    if the leather is not flat it will be useless for razors.
    This is what I use. It is very cheap and I use the rough side of it. The smooth side warps a lot and that's why I started using the rough bit. I guess I shouldn't expect too much when it's so cheap, but I guess glueing it to a bit of wood wouldn't do any harm. Needa find a proper strop like the one Dave sells but they are hard to come by where I live

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    I have one of those super-long leather strops from sharper-knives that I loaded with 1.0u diamond and use a bit like a paddle strop. Actually, it's so long that I tuck one end under my chin and hold it like a violin and stroke the knife like a bow (only in one direction along the leather of course).

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenStefano View Post
    This is what I use. It is very cheap and I use the rough side of it. The smooth side warps a lot and that's why I started using the rough bit. I guess I shouldn't expect too much when it's so cheap, but I guess glueing it to a bit of wood wouldn't do any harm. Needa find a proper strop like the one Dave sells but they are hard to come by where I live
    There's a razor strop retailer in the UK that is supposed to have some nice strops, both hanging & mounted, but I can't recall the business name. If I can find a link I'll post it.

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    There is always Mr. Tony Miller in the UK. I do love his work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    There is always Mr. Tony Miller in the UK. I do love his work.
    Tony Miller lives in MD USA, may be you mean Niel Miller?

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