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Re: Strop Care & Maintenance 2 years 11 months ago #521

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I'd say way, way less than a whole syringe to recharge - I would guess you can recharge 20-30 times out of a single syringe.

I put a small single ribbon of about 1/2-3/4 inch on and spread it with my finger. Even then I hate them at first because so much paste comes off I feel I am wasting it. The paste also tends to "gum up" on the edge until the fresh paste gets broken in (frustrating as I'm wiping it off with alcohol).

The instructions that came with mine (admittedly a long time ago) say something to the effect of "When no more paste comes off on the edge it is time to re-load". If that's still in there, it should maybe be adjusted as it gave me the impression you needed to recharge more frequently.

I think I've learned through usage the strop only get good when they blacken up and get a bit "crusty", and also that it's very important to wipe the blade with some alcohol when switching grits, and to store them clean (I put them in a baggy with the same grits facing) to prevent contamination, but if you do that, you can use them for a looooong time.

Anyone please correct me if I'm wrong on any of this, as I'm building assumptions based on trial and hoping to help others save time doing the same.
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Re: Strop Care & Maintenance 2 years 11 months ago #526

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What dschur said...right on the money..
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Re: Strop Care & Maintenance 2 years 11 months ago #543

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dschur wrote:
I'd say way, way less than a whole syringe to recharge - I would guess you can recharge 20-30 times out of a single syringe.

I put a small single ribbon of about 1/2-3/4 inch on and spread it with my finger. Even then I hate them at first because so much paste comes off I feel I am wasting it. The paste also tends to "gum up" on the edge until the fresh paste gets broken in (frustrating as I'm wiping it off with alcohol).

The instructions that came with mine (admittedly a long time ago) say something to the effect of "When no more paste comes off on the edge it is time to re-load". If that's still in there, it should maybe be adjusted as it gave me the impression you needed to recharge more frequently.

I think I've learned through usage the strop only get good when they blacken up and get a bit "crusty", and also that it's very important to wipe the blade with some alcohol when switching grits, and to store them clean (I put them in a baggy with the same grits facing) to prevent contamination, but if you do that, you can use them for a looooong time.

Anyone please correct me if I'm wrong on any of this, as I'm building assumptions based on trial and hoping to help others save time doing the same.

Good information here. I too store my strops in a plastic baggy. I load my strops roughly the same way...a little dab will do you for about 50 knives. After awhile I clean off my strops with a dry 3M Scotch Brite pad, the same as people use for cleaning around the house. It is abrasive enough to do the job, but not enough to injure the leather...just slightly roughens it.
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Re: Strop Care & Maintenance 2 years 10 months ago #647

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I nicked my strop pretty good, is there anyway to repair it?
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Re: Strop Care & Maintenance 2 years 10 months ago #784

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I nicked my strop pretty good, is there anyway to repair it?

If you're slicing up your strops regularly you might get better results from the balsa hones.

Firstly they're a bit more robust, and secondly they're easier to repair if you do take a chunk out of them. The problem with repairing leather strops isn't the carved out divot, it's the raised seam around it that then throws your honing angles out!

Just a thought.
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Re: Strop Care & Maintenance 2 years 10 months ago #785

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dschur wrote:
I'd say way, way less than a whole syringe to recharge - I would guess you can recharge 20-30 times out of a single syringe

I agree with that...but oddly when I'm using the honing wheel on my Tormek sharpener I charge the honing wheel with fresh paste every time. I guess I'm as random and inconsistent in my strategies as the next sharpener!
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