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You've never had sharp knives until you've done this...
on: December 31, 2008, 02:14:32 AM
....Stropping. Even stropping on the back of a legal pad/note pad (cardboard backing) will give your knives a whole new form of sharp. Also, getting a Sharpmaker will help as well.
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Re: You've never had sharp knives until you've done this...
Reply #1 on: December 31, 2008, 08:45:10 AM
I strop everytime I use the blade (usually on my palm) :)
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Re: You've never had sharp knives until you've done this...
Reply #2 on: December 31, 2008, 10:00:18 AM
Even stropping on your jeans after cutting helps retain the edge on your knife.
But stropping on the back of a notebook pad or even better, uh strop, will put a serious edge on a blade.


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Re: You've never had sharp knives until you've done this...
Reply #3 on: December 31, 2008, 12:15:40 PM
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Re: You've never had sharp knives until you've done this...
Reply #4 on: December 31, 2008, 04:36:47 PM
I've only just got the Sharpmaker and now you're telling me I need to do this as well.  :D  There is so much I need to learn.
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Re: You've never had sharp knives until you've done this...
Reply #5 on: December 31, 2008, 08:57:52 PM
I use the backside of my leather belt for stropping and it makes a huge difference in the sharpness.
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Re: You've never had sharp knives until you've done this...
Reply #6 on: December 31, 2008, 09:24:14 PM
I use a thick piece of leather that I fixed to a 1" square piece of wood about 9" long.  It makes it easy to hold and is nice and portable.  I normally strop any knife I have used through the day sometime before going to bed.
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Re: You've never had sharp knives until you've done this...
Reply #7 on: December 31, 2008, 09:48:13 PM
Metal polish and Flitz works really well for stropping (as a 'polishing' compound on the strop).
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Re: You've never had sharp knives until you've done this...
Reply #8 on: January 11, 2009, 10:09:03 PM
I have certainly found that stropping helps a blade keep its edge.

I sometimes think that blades feel less sharp when you touch after stropping although in actual fact they are sharper! I think its just that the edge is smoother and there are no rough bits to catch on your skin.

Might just be me though  :)

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Re: You've never had sharp knives until you've done this...
Reply #9 on: January 11, 2009, 10:50:49 PM
I think you are right.  Something to do with stropping removing some of the burr.  That makes it feel smoother on your hand


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Re: You've never had sharp knives until you've done this...
Reply #10 on: January 12, 2009, 02:26:25 AM
I thought you were gonna say put a fresh utility blade in.  :D :D That's how I get super sharp knives nowadays.
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