Just the palm of my hand for me, Jacob. All those other bits you mention - leather, Autosol, MDF discs, lathe, etc are all a bit too high tech for my stropping efforts, ha, ha. Slainte.Jacob":1tj6zw6o said:It only needs a quick few passes over your leather.
Choosing a suitable leather is only really of importance if you want to use a bare strop.basssound":wrga1reb said:Where is everyone buying the thick leather from?
Shoe repair shops are good as well; ask for an oddment of thick sole leather - RobJacob":3100i6hh said:old hand bags, briefcases - charity shops. Or saddlers (etc) suppliers. You only need one piece it'll last you for life.
Well it made me chuckleCheshirechappie":jrcfaiow said:Stropping - why?
When your joints end up a tad loose, or you realise that you've under-ordered timber by about a cubic foot, or when you realise that your carefully worked-out bench design is a dud (don't ask), then a good strop may not rectify the situation, but it can make you feel a bit better. Briefly.
No actually. Some sharpening guys (aficionados of very fine grit stones usually) think stropping is bad, a poor substitute for a stone of fine enough grit. Or it's a crutch for those with weak technique, which is ironic because many of them are users of honing guides.Trevanion":3rcmpxxk said:I think everyone can agree stropping is good...
Both!Trevanion":3rcmpxxk said:But which side of the leather is best? (Popcorn at the ready)