Good strop combo for the edge pro

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Good strop combo for the edge pro

Post by ChefKnivesToGo » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:09 am

Hi Mark

I recently purchased the edge pro apex 4 from you and I am loving it.

I am interested in some sort of strop set up and wanted your opinion.

On my Japanese knives, I am going through the 3000 grit polish tape.

After that, is there a strop you'd recommend so I can finish and maintain the edge by stropping? Do I need a paste?

I'd appreciate any advice and recommendations.

Thanks again for the great service you all provide. Always top notch.

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Jack
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Re: Good strop combo for the edge pro

Post by ChefKnivesToGo » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:09 am

Hi Jack,

This is a really good combination.

Get 1 of these nano strops: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/nacl1xforedp.html
Get this 1 Micron CBN emulsion and apply a small amount to it: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/boroncarbide.html

Get 1 horse leather strop and use it without compound to finish the edge: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/hahostforep1.html

It works really well.
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Re: Good strop combo for the edge pro

Post by lfholland » Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:57 pm

Hi Jack,

What types of knives are you looking to sharpen?

I only recently started trying strop and compounds, but I have been very pleased with the results of Richmond 1 micron diamond paste (not sure if it's still available) on balsa wood. It abrades much better that plain balsa. I need to replace my strop as I had an edge leading mistake that took a chunk out of it. Be very careful.

I will likely upgrade to what Mark recommended as I have been wanting to try the nano strop and the spray compound seems easier than the paste.

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Re: Good strop combo for the edge pro

Post by Radar53 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:59 pm

Hi Jack & welcome. I only added stropping to my sharpening regime a couple of years back and I see stropping as having a slightly different role to sharpening. I think that sharpening an edge is best completed on the stones to get the best edge your skills permit. Stropping has two roles subsequent to that.

The first is to try and minimise any errors made during the sharpening process eg removal of residual burr, refine the edge of the edge etc. JeffB posted recently that he felt that stropping could be used to cover up poor sharpening technique (@JeffB apologies in advance if I have regurgitated this incorrectly). I agree with that view, but I also think that stropping is an abrasive process & as such adds a "refining' element to an edge as well.
The second is to help an edge last as long as possible before returning the blade to the stones. That is correct rolled edges & other defects from use.

In the earlier GKTG forum (Otaku19) another member posted an interesting article see here http://knife.wickededgeusa.com/forum/10 ... t=30#19154 which I subscribe to in terms of my stropping technique.

With that in mind I have made two sets of strops, one a bench set and the other an EP set on EP blanks. I use 4mm bovine, both sides rough & smooth and similarly for kangaroo. I also use them bare ie without compounds - again I just prefer to do the heavier lifting with stones rather than having a large range of strops each with a different grit compound.

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