Merry Christmas guys. I had to get up at 5 to get my rib roast in the oven and make sure Santa set up the train set correctly and just couldn't get back to sleep. So, naturally my mind started thinkng about all the different combinations of strop materials, compounds etc.
I've been using a boron carbide loaded balsa strop for almost a year, trying to figure out if its something that I want to stick with for the long haul. I feel like it definitely gives me a keener and more useful edge following a 4K stone, although its not the most intuitive or quick way to refresh an edge for me. I feel like its more forgiving and quick to strop on a stone than the balsa. The BC charged balsa seems to me like an alternative to a high grit finishing stone more than a steeling alternative.
What I'm looking for are your thoughts on the best use for each type of strop. For example, "Hard felt works best with diamond spray as a deburring tool," or "Balsa loaded with CrO2 works best to finish your sharpening session," or "naked horsehide works best as an alternative to steeling a knife."
I look forward to hearing what combinations you guys are using for what purposes.
Have a great day with your families, and enjoy the food!!