After debating back and forth about just making one or buying a pre-made strop, I decided to go for this. The wood is nicely finished, no rough edges. The surfaces of both leather pieces are very smooth, no indication on mine of any cuts, hide defects, etc. I loaded mine up with black and green compound (I have another with red jeweler’s rouge for ultra fine detail) as demonstrated in the KSF video.

Your edges will last much longer when you maintain them with a strop instead of constantly grinding on them. I don’t believe in magic, but if such a thing existed, this strop would have to be made from it. Just a few very light passes with the knife nearly flat on the strop brought all of my edges to insane levels of sharpness. I really thought the glowing reviews of this strop were hype or were from amateurs that didn’t know proper knife sharpening techniques. Today I was using a new EDC blade for some food prep. I ended up dragging the tip and front of the belly across a plate several times.

strop for knives

If you’re looking for an easy to use strop, this might be a good fit. That what I do I’ve got lots of strops and the do add keeness to the edge but if your technique is good enough on the stones, you should have built a good enough edge. The sharpness that the strop will give will be lost almost immediately upon a cutting on the board. Unless you are shaving, there is absolutely no reason to bring an edge to that level of sharpness other than fun!

Sharp Pebble Classic Strop Kit

Often the aluminum oxide is not even close to this specification. For good results use a better compound – specifically CBN or poly diamond. A strop is composed of a substrate and optionally an abrasive compound. The main purpose of a strop is edge refinement. Deburring and removal of wire edges is best accomplished by not creating them so you don’t remove them. I have better results with 1 micron diamond on leather than the green compounds.

Kangaroo Strop For Edge Pro 1″ X 6″

This leather strop is stiff enough that it doesn’t need a wooden backing, and it sports a nice hole for a lanyard that can help you keep it steady when in use. With a small strop like the Sharpshooter, it’s harder to strop large blades, but it can definitely be done with a little care. Scienceofsharp, effects of various blade sharpening and stropping techniques, mostly on straight razors, shown by electron microscope. The leather is three by 10 inches which is the average size of most strips. Be sure that you use a board that is at least 50mm thick when you mount these leathers. So when you’re using them, you’re not dragging your knuckles on the bench or cabinet.

Leather Strop Kit

Like Kit, I have a bunch of strops, loaded and unloaded I have worked with. You are right that a strop can mask not so great stone sharpening especially with a wire edge. I’m not a big fan of using a microscope or loupe on every single edge but they really helped me early on to continue to refine my edges. I was doing really well, but seeing the magnified edge at each step really can tell a story. Now I can just spot check if I want because I know what I am looking for now. I still pull out the loaded strops now and then to play, to create a polished edge down to .1 micron for fun.

Lighter pressure will dig in less, making smaller micro-scratches. I find a strop that is inch long and 2 or 3 inches wide ideal. If it is shorter you will have to reposition the knife an inordinate number of times, which slows the process and may introduce more errors. If the strop is too long it is difficult to maintain a consistent angle on the blade throughout the length of the stroke. If the knife is slightly wider than your strop, just angle it a bit so it fits.

The result was a blade that went from very sharp to not cutting paper. In the process developing into a knife guy, I recently became interested in stropping. I came across a video on YouTube that featured the Strop Block and ordered one. I have been using it for a short time, am I impressed?

All material on The Prepared ® is copyrighted. You may not commercially benefit from our hard work without permission. If you only buy one compound color, make it the $14 Bark River Black. If you want to use two colors, perhaps to load our recommended field strops, add the $14 Bark River Green. Knife enthusiasts are big fans of Bark River compounds, even though they’re a few dollars more expensive, because their product is a little more aggressive than other brands. We like bars rather than liquids because they’re sturdy, won’t ever run out, and you can break them down into smaller chunks — all qualities that are great for prepping.