Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
Why strop at all. Use a finer rock?
Response To:
Alternative strop ()

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
I agree with Derek's analysis of "stropping" as normally practiced. It is abrading by another name with a finer grit past the last one you did with a rock, or what ever. So why do it at all instead of owning a finer rock?

There may be an answer. Even on Tasmanian oak the substrate has some deflection at the blade tip, which results in a slight convex edge. I have been told by knife makers that convex edges are more robust than edges made by the intersection of two planes.

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