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    C then E

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Martell View Post
    C. stropping on loaded leather
    Just wondering. When do you use felt? If you do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    Out of curiousity, how many generally finish by:
    A. stropping on newspaper
    B. stropping on a finishing stone
    C. stropping on loaded leather
    D. stropping on loaded balsa
    E. stropping on unloaded leather
    F. no stropping
    G. other
    Mostly D, but I do some C, F, and G as well (felt). If I had some higher grit and/or jnat stones I would B too.
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    G. I like to strop on bare felt and then, sometimes, on felt loaded with silicon carbide or boron oxide. Current favorite final strop is Smurf Poo (Starkie Blue) on bovine leather - really, really fast and leaves an extremely toothy edge.

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    C, with .5 Diamond paste on a piece of leather from an old couch, sometimes on a piece of leather used to make leather motorcycle jackets with well used red jewelers rouge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Martell View Post
    C. stropping on loaded leather
    Quote Originally Posted by mr drinky View Post
    Just wondering. When do you use felt? If you do?

    k.

    I use it between stones but not all the time. I tend to only use it on stainless burr clinger knives. I also keep a second felt pad loaded with chromium oxide that I love to use on yanagiba just before leather/diamond, this makes a really crazy edge.

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    combination of B and G (CR02 loaded felt) depending on what im trying to accomplish, what knife im sharpening and what stone im planning to stop on

    side notes:
    i have E at work for emergency stropping
    im interested in trying A out for an extended time of a few weeks
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    A.) This really works quite well, and I do it often
    C.) Preferred method after full progression with stones/ Diamond spray; I like higher grit= 1 micron
    D.) unloaded balsa, works similar to newspaper....but, may actually prefer newspaper
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    B and C.

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