Ronn W

Finally got around to it

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This morning I attached some leather (very soft but thin) to a piece of plywood for honing my chisels and blades.  Up to now I have been using the yellow bar of slipstrop compund on a pice of soft wood.  I took a couple of swipes on the bare leather with a chisel that I have already sharpened (and thought I was happy with).  Wow, there was a noticeable difference when tested on the edge of a piece of paper and on some pine end grain.  Wish I had got around to the leather a long time ago.

So would it make sense to use the slipstrop compound on the leather????

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I don't know anything about slipstrop, however that said, I use a bar of green jewelers rouge on the rough side of leather glued to a chunk of waste hardwood.  It makes a world of difference,  even after you have a very sharp edge.

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I use compound on my stop and think it makes a world of difference. I use a horse butt stop from tools for working wood. I know Shannon Rodgers has talked about it a lot. The leather is nice and sturdy and i find I don't need to attach it to anything.

I also stop my kitchen knives with another strop that is dedicated to kitchen use. It turns cutting tomatoes from being a chore into a pleasure.

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