How to use leather sharpening strop.

How to use leather sharpening strop.

A leather sharpening strop is a tool used to hone the edge of a blade or tool, such as a knife or chisel. Here are the steps to use a leather sharpening strop:

  1. Prepare your blade: Before using the strop, make sure your blade is clean and dry. You can use a sharpening stone or other tool to remove any nicks or burrs from the edge of the blade.

  2. Apply honing compound (this step is not mandatory, it is up to your preferance): Apply a small amount of honing compound to the leather strop. Honing compound is a fine abrasive paste that helps to polish and refine the edge of the blade. Rub the compound into the leather with your fingers or a cloth.

  3. Hold the strop: Hold the strop with your non-dominant hand, keeping the strop taut with your fingers. The strop should be flat on a surface or held in a vise.

  4. Strop the blade: Hold the blade at a consistent angle against the strop. Starting with the back of the blade against the strop, drag the blade towards you along the strop's surface, maintaining a consistent angle. Use a light touch and apply only minimal pressure.

  5. Flip the blade: After several passes, flip the blade over and repeat the process on the other side.

  6. Test the blade: After stropping, test the blade's sharpness by lightly running it over a piece of paper or other material. If the blade is still dull, repeat the stropping process.

  7. Clean the strop: After use, wipe the strop clean with a cloth and store it in a dry place.

By following these steps, you can use a leather sharpening strop to maintain a sharp edge on your blades and tools.

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