- 9 Aug 2010
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Peter Sefton":a8hkz2m0 said:I agree with woodbrains that stropping when done with a compound is sharpening.
I am not sure how you would define stropping in your hand and if someone wishes to try and grade the abrasive effect of skin
I only use hand stropping if the wire edge is very fine, the action will fatigue the wire off by bending it back and forth, the wire edge element is often left on the palm as a thin fuse wire.
Yes, I've said so in other threads; removing the wire edge is NOT stropping as such. There is a distinct difference between abrading away the metal on a charged strop, to gain a finer edge, than using an uncharged strop, or bit of softwood, or palm to break the wire edge away. The fact that some people call removing the wire edge 'stropping' I feel is a misnomer. As long as we know what we are doing, it doesn't matter to me what people call their method of removing the wire edge.
Stropping shaving razors on plain leather is different again, and razor sharpeners are a whole different breed of pedants!