I'm a knife maker and it's time to order finer stropping compound. Do you recommend the balsa or kangaroo?
I prefer kangaroo when using finer compounds. If you're using coarse compounds, balsa is great because you can really load up the strops and make them aggressive.
Leather and Balsa Strop Instructions
Preparation - Applying the diamond paste to the leather or balsa strops Always start with clean hands and a clean working surface when handling your strops to prevent contamination of the surfaces. Remove the strops and the syringes of diamond paste ...
How much stropping compound should be applied to a strop? How long will it last?
Apply a dime sized drop of stropping compound and spread it to a thin layer over the entire surface of the strop. This amount should be good for 30 or 40 sharpening sessions before you would need to re-apply more of the compound to the strop.
Sharpening Grit Progression for All Wicked Edge Abrasives
When determining the best grit progression to use you must first identify the material of the abrasive you are using. For the most part, you’ll want to progress from hard materials to soft ones, especially with coarser grits.Then, progress within ...
How To clamp your Knife
Most knives clamp without issue. Set the depth using either the upper or lower holes on the clamp. The angles are calibrated for a knife that extends 5/8″ (15.875mm) above the clamp. Insert the depth key with the horizontal alignment guide ruler at ...
I just sharpened my first knife. It’s not as sharp as I hoped. What the deal?
This is probably our most frequently asked question and, thankfully, the answer is usually very simple. The first thing to check is that your stones are making it all the way to the edge of the blade. The best way to check for this is to use a marker ...