How to Strop Your Knife

A sharp knife is a joy to use, but even the best blades lose their edge over time. While sharpening restores the edge bevel, stropping polishes and aligns the microscopic edge for a smoother, sharper cut. Here's your guide to stropping your folding knife and maintaining its optimal performance:


What You'll Need:

    • Strop: Leather is the most common material, available in various grades for different sharpening purposes. Choose a smooth strop for final polishing.
    • Stropping compound: Opt for a fine-grit compound like green rouge for polishing the edge.
    • Sharp knife: Ensure your knife is already sharpened before stropping. Stropping won't fix a dull blade, it maintains a sharp one.



The Stropping Process:

  1. Apply the compound: Rub a thin, even coat of the compound onto the strop surface.
    1. Position the knife: Hold the knife with the spine facing you and the edge angled slightly away from the strop (10-15 degrees).
    2. Stroke the blade: Starting at the tip, gently pull the blade across the strop towards the handle, maintaining the angle throughout the stroke. Repeat on the other side.
    3. Repeat and refine: Perform several light strokes on each side, gradually reducing pressure as the edge polishes.
    4. Test and adjust: Test the sharpness by carefully shaving paper. If needed, repeat the stropping process with minimal pressure.



            Additional Tips:

              • Maintain a consistent angle: Keeping the angle consistent throughout the stroke ensures even polishing.
              • Use light pressure: Apply gentle pressure, letting the strop and compound do the work.
              • Start with a clean strop: Clean the strop regularly to remove any built-up metal shavings that can dull the edge.
              • Don't over-strop: Excessive stropping can wear down the edge. Stop when the desired sharpness is achieved.



            Stropping is a simple yet effective way to maintain the edge of your folding knife, extending its lifespan and enhancing its cutting performance. Remember, proper technique and care are crucial for achieving optimal results and avoiding damage to your blade.

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