Our new Traditional Razor Strop has been hand-made from a single piece of the finest quality, soft, supple Nubuck Leather. The surface of this strop has been specially treated to enable you to maintain a perfectly stropped razor sharp edge with absolute ease. The Traditional Razor Strop is both durable and aesthetically pleasing and is made from the best Nubuck leather. Due to the different tones of the leather used there may be a slight difference to the shades shown in the photos.
The Traditional Razor Strop is 455mm long, 50mm wide and 3.5mm (+/-) thick with a strong brass eyelet (for strength) with Paracord at one end for attaching to a tree branch, or hooking onto a nail etc and the other end allows you to hang it up once you have finished using it.
The Traditional razor Strop can be treated with either a good quality Honing Paste, or a high quality Jewellers Rouge, enabling you to polish off any micro-burrs that often occur after sharpening a cutting tool. Although applying a Honing Paste, or Jewellers Rouge, allows the stropping process to be dramatically speeded up, it will none the less convert a Strop from a normal Razor Strop to a Honing Strop.
This Strop is designed to be rolled up and kept in your rucksack, toolbox, pocket etc whilst out in the field or for use around the camp, or in a workshop on even at the Barber shop! The Traditional Razor Strop ‘’ is both durable and aesthetically pleasing and is made from the best Nubuck Leather. Please bare with us as sometimes our Strops can be very popular items and on some occassions we have to make a new batch of Strops.
The Basic Principle Of Stropping
The basic principle behind “Stropping” a cutting edge, like a knife, is to remove the micro-burr that, unavoidably, remains after the re-sharpening process has been completed on a waterstone. This micro-burr will make your knife edge appear sharper than it actually is, because it is like a very thin piece of wire, just a few molecules thick, but it is very weak and easily detached from the cutting edge, leaving behind a somewhat duller edge than would be desired. The “Stropping” process, when, for example, a knife, has been properly sharpened, actually, transforms the newly sharpened, apparently sharp, cutting edge into a durable, razor sharp, cutting edge. The “Stropping” process also polishing the cutting edge after the micro-burr has been removed, this also removes the microscopic furrows that are left behind by the grit particle of the waterstone. In a nutshell, the “Stropping” process leaves the cutting edge sharper and stronger, which will make it last a whole lot longer than without stropping.
With the addition of a high quality honing paste, the “Stropping” process is dramatically accelerated, since a honing paste is very slightly abrasive. The application of honing paste (to one surface of your strop only, the other surface remaining untreated) helps to significantly extend the life of your knife’s cutting edge before it will require to be re-sharpened on a Waterstone/Diamond Stone again.
How To Use Honing Paste
Smear a little honing paste into the surface of your leather strop, in an even thin coat, less is required than you might imagine. By trailing the cutting edge of your knife, chisel or Plane Iron etc., back and forth, along the strop, using minimal pressure, you will achieve a polished razor edge in a fraction of the time it would have taken without honing paste. Each application of honing paste should last for several sharpening sessions and you will see that it is working because the paste will start to darken as the metal from your knife is polished away. Once you have carefully wiped away any excess honing paste from your knife, chisel etc., so as not to contaminate the uncharged side of your strop, you can use the uncharged side of the strop to give the cutting edge a final little polish.
Please Note: We at Shark Designs/Beaver Bushcraft advise that you ignore the instructions printed on the Honing Paste tube, which recommends that you apply light machine oil to the leather, before you apply the honing paste. Whilst this does allow deeper penetration of the honing paste it will dramatically darken the leather and will make the strop slightly sticky, which will attract unwanted contaminants to the surface of the strop, thereby shortening the life of your strop. The oil may also penetrate to the other side of the strop especially on the Field Razor Strop (Basic & Deluxe) models. We do recommend that you apply the Honing Paste as described above. No other item is included in this listing other then what is stated.