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    Default honing with a strop

    Imagine that, after years of trying to keep my blades sharp I'd never tried a strop. I've changed that and gotten some wicked edges on what were dull pocket knives. My biggest problem is finding and keeping the angle so as not to round them over and have to start again. I'm seeking advice on using a strop so please chime in.

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    Default Re: honing with a strop

    Lay out the strop on a flat surface and use it like a stone(opposite direction,of course).
    A scrap of MDF with a couple of swipes of green compound on it works really well,too.
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    Default Re: honing with a strop

    We had this recent thread on the subject:

    http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...-strop-leather
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    Default Re: honing with a strop

    A "trick" to get the muscle memory a head start is take a block of wood cut with the angle of choise.
    Hold the Blade against the block and lock in your grip, then transfer to the strop.
    It's possible, of course, to use a honing guide, but then you will not learn to sharpen without one...

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    Default Re: honing with a strop

    "A "trick" to get the muscle memory a head start is take a block of wood cut with the angle of choise.
    Hold the Blade against the block and lock in your grip, then transfer to the strop.
    It's possible, of course, to use a honing guide, but then you will not learn to sharpen without one..."

    Thanks for that tip Mats, that's the kind of information I was looking for.

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