Stropping... Stack of Newspaper Fine? Or should I get Leather?!

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  1. Apr 19, 2018 #61

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    Man, I just use cork screws for deburring.
     
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    With the cork still attached? :rofl2:
     
  3. Apr 19, 2018 #63

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    Shigefusa knives, Rolex watches, and raw denim? Where the hell do you people work? Clearly taxes are not high enough.

    I have a strange urge to invite you all to a fancy party just so that I can rob you Joker style.

    And then burn it all just to send a message. Muahahaha
     
  4. Apr 19, 2018 #64

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    Oh yeah hahahaha! Cork I mean.
     
  5. Apr 19, 2018 #65

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    You have to strop a flamingo on your fancy jeans while doing what to your raw thigh?

    I think we should just stick with natural stones...
     
  6. Apr 20, 2018 #66

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    They have Flamingos in New Zealand ?
     
  7. Apr 20, 2018 #67

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    Flamingo loaded strops... maybe it's gonna be all the new trend in 2018? Would probably look prettier too than the same old chrome loaded green!
     
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    Yeah... some other pigments that are found in authentic, high grade artist paints ... are far from anything you want anywhere near food. Chromium might already be something to be careful with - no need to elevate the risk by having cadmium, lead, mercury, cyanide compounds around...
     
  10. Apr 21, 2018 #70

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    I believe you should be able to get decent strop for knives with 40 bucks or so
     
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    Green chromium Cr2O3 is inoffensive.
     
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    Not to be confused with chromium VI, CrO3, which is toxic.
     
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    Ya'll ate the paint, admit it. :urweird:
     
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    For those still worried about Cr2O3, it's the thin layer of it that constitutes our stainless steel.
     
  15. Apr 28, 2018 #75

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    you can strop on many things, old jeans, newspaper, phonebook paper, leather , shell cordovan, canvas, balsa. and so on
    you can play around with various polishing compounds as well, rouges and buffing compounds and so on.
     
  16. Apr 28, 2018 #76

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    Corduroy is my preferred
     
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    I still use my newsprint for touch ups because we have a local free paper and I get it twice a week so it is always on hand. I do like bare felt when sharpening though, to catch and residual burr. I have hear people argue that it does nothing if it is unloaded but it seems to work fine for me and turns grey/black over time so it must be doing something. But nothing, to me, has that feel that the draw of a nice leather offers. :)

    I guess I am just a nut with anything sharpening related but you know, I'v not tried corduroy.
     
  18. Apr 28, 2018 #78

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    I'm with you on this. I have tried and still use a lot of different materials, sometimes just whatever is available, like the edge of a cutting board, but damn, my favorite old belt just can't be beat. Strange piece of leather too. It's a split from an old thick police service belt inside lining. The best I have ever used.
     
  19. Jan 26, 2020 #79

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    I like more bite, Looks like news paper is my choice.
     
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  20. Jan 26, 2020 #80

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    Also with newspaper and a hard backing no worry of rounding over the edge which is the main reason you lose edge bite after stropping
     
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    Makes a great good difference if you use some diamond paste on hard leather or balsa or other things (like plain old cardboard for instance, you don't need fancy unless you like some fancy in your life). This way you can control to some degree the amount of teeth that you desire to use. Usually a good sweet spot is 3000 or 5000 equivalent grit, with quality paste. I know that most people go for 0.5 micron (roughly 30k grit), but that's just different expectations.
    Keep in mind that stropping looks really straightforward, but it's not really that easy. Easy is the way you can kill your edge with this.
     
  22. Jan 26, 2020 #82

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    Also in my finding and others that putting abrasive on a soft backing more than doubles the effective grit rating or at least the result. That's why a 2k abrasive on a powered wheel or belt can give course to a mirror finish
     
  23. Jan 27, 2020 #83

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    A lateral sweep on a stone removes a burr with all but some stainless. It takes a little practice. Light to remove burr without pushing it to other side of edge. This is done at same spine off the stone as last sharpening angle. Covering all the blade heel to tip in one sweep. Call it one second burr removal.

    A stack of newspaper is good for removing any residual burr. One or two sweeps on each side is enough no need 10-20 strokes more is not better.

    I teach burr removal is a light touch and less is best.
     
  24. Jan 27, 2020 #84

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    As a rule of thumb of my own, after stropping, if I cut some cardboard and the edge can easily pass some popular tests like shaving, tomato, nail, fingers and so on and so forth, the sharpening was clean and the stropping didn't mess it up.
     
  25. Jan 27, 2020 #85

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    cork or piece of cardboard works just fine.
     
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  26. Jan 29, 2020 #86

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    Also blue jeans
     
  27. Jan 29, 2020 #87

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    Stonewashed?
     
  28. Jan 29, 2020 #88

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    No it really only works with new expensive designer raw denim
     
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  29. Jan 29, 2020 #89

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    I knew there was a reason people pay lots of money for those pants.
     
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  30. Jan 29, 2020 #90

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    Exactly. It's the perfect stropping surface. A nice cordovan strop isn't exactly cheap either
     
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