Hand Tools

Subject:
Re: Why strop at all. Use a finer rock?

Brian Holcombe
Bill,

Some use a plain strop, which does work best after a fine stone.

I use a plain strop only very rarely anymore, and only on western tools. I found on my Japanese tools that a clean strop after my finest Nakayama stone was actually doing my edges a disservice and I discontinued the use of a strop on Japanese tools.

I use it occasionally on western blades if I'm left with just a hint of a wire edge that won't come off on the stone and I'd like to remove it without grinding the edge back further. This situation can be avoided most of the time.

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