Nothing will maintain the mirror edge sharpness on your carving knives and chisels like a good leather strop ~ nor, most of all, make your carving cleaner and easier! Our quality strop can be used on all your carving tools and will last a lifetime. Because it is portable, it is an excellent alternative to your power strop for those carvers who travel.
Leather Strop by Chipping Away Made in our Shop
This strop is made right in our Chipping Away shop. We mount Heavy Duty premium leather on both sides of a MDF paddle. Other manufactures sell strops that are made with very thin leather strips. We use 10 oz cowhide leather which is about the same thickness as good quality leather belt … consequently, it really is Heavy Duty. The strop comes with sample of our Chipping Away Red polishing rouge and instructions. Leather itself measures 7″ X 1 3/8″.
Apply a generous coat of the sample Red Rouge that comes with the strop to the leather with the rough side. In addition, you can then apply either Green or Gold Compound directly over top of the red rouge. You will find that by using the Red first, the green or gold compound will adhere much easier.
We offer these Leather Power Strops in two kits: standard kit and Deluxe kit. BOTH kits include a 3.5" diameter leather wheel that is 3/4" wide, a mounting mandrel and a stick of white rouge buffing compound. The DELUXE KIT contains a 3.5" diameter V-shaped leather wheel for buffing inside V-tools and gouges in addition to the 3/4" wide wheel.
RED COMPOUND: We have added more 'grease' to the binding agent which makes the compound more pliable and easier to work into your leather strop and the Flexcut Slip Strop. By applying a coat of RED "first", you will find that the Green and/or Gold Compounds will adhere to your strop easier. It is not as abrasive as other compounds, but will give your tools that final 'mirror like' finish. Our 6oz bar will last quite a while!