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Subject:
Alternative strop

Ellis Walentine
I wanted to mention my favorite, unscientific stropping regime: Years ago, I hand-planed a hard maple 2x4 and charged it with a wet slurry from a nagura stone (sold for use with Japanese polishing stones). I have no idea what grit this might be, but it's very fine, and apparently fairly friable. When dry, this block makes a wonderful strop. The fact that the maple is not (very) compressible means that it doesn't dub over or round the edge the way a leather strop can.

Two somewhat unrelated cents...

Ellis

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