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    New Balsa Strop, need your input

    Alright folks,

    I picked up a beautiful 4x4x12 inch block of balsa wood. I intend to do a 4 sided strop and I am looking for any compounds that you would recommend. One side for sure will be chromium oxide, but I am unsure as to what I should use on the other sides. What do the experts have to say?

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    Pete
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    Senior Member Mucho Bocho's Avatar
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    Pete I used HA boron Carbide works amazing on the harder stainless steels. Just one light stroke on either side coming off a dry takenono 6K strop bring sharp edges sticky again.

    Does anybody know what the difference between boron carbide and chromium oxide as it relates to knife sharpening?
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    Are you going to add leather or use the balsa itself?

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    Are you going to add leather or use the balsa itself?
    Balsa by itself, I currently have a leather and felt strop, I wanted to try balsa as a medium for many different compounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mucho Bocho View Post
    Pete I used HA boron Carbide works amazing on the harder stainless steels. Just one light stroke on either side coming off a dry takenono 6K strop bring sharp edges sticky again.

    Does anybody know what the difference between boron carbide and chromium oxide as it relates to knife sharpening?
    Chromium oxide is a little softer than boron carbide. I have both. I tend to use boron carbide more especially on harder steels, but I'd be lying if I said I could feel a big difference on most knives. Maybe a better sharpener...

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    Thanks for the FB Mike!
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    IIRC Cr2O3 has a round structure leaving a smooth finish, not the bitiest edge. Size is something like .5 micron. I use it with soft carbons.
    You may consider the use of Cr2O3 as acrylic artist's paint, olive green, water soluble, unexpensive.

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    Thanks guys, I ordered .5 Chromium Oxide as well as some Boron Carbide spray to go along with my diamond spray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mucho Bocho View Post
    Thanks for the FB Mike!
    you want to try some side by side?

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    Thanks for the offer my friend. I've got enough stropping compounds and materials. I'm trying to nail down a consistent process and stropping on a high grit dry stone followed by felt/leather or balsa has been working well.
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