• KNIVES PLUS ® BIG STROP BLOCK, 12" KP-STROP12
  • KNIVES PLUS ® BIG STROP BLOCK, 12" KP-STROP12

KNIVES PLUS ® BIG STROP BLOCK, 12" KP-STROP12

KNIVES PLUS ® BIG STROP BLOCK, 12" KP-STROP12
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$39.97 Reg. Price $39.97  

This item has limited quantities, due to leather shortages. We will try to keep it in stock, but there will be times when it is unavailable.

This model is our larger 12" long strop.

KNIVES PLUS ® Leather Sharpening Strop on a block, a Strop Block for finishing the edge of your knife, approximately 3" by 12".

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How we make them.

KNIVES PLUS ® Leather strops are the best thing in the world for finishing the edge of your knife. Here in Texas, saddle and boot makers use them everyday to put that slick edge on their leather working knives.

Our strops won't cost you a fortune and should last you the rest of your life if properly cared for. We manufacture these here in the KNIVES PLUS ® shop and have experimented for about 10 years to come up with the finest finishing tool available.

We hand pick leather from a little home owned leather supplier here in Amarillo. We have found that a good quality chap leather is the best.
Chaps are the soft leather that Cowboys wear over their Levi's to keep the Mesquite bush thorns and prickly pear cactus from eating their legs up. It's soft but tough.

We use contact cement to glue this leather down to a 3" X 12" (approximately) particle board base. When the glue is dry, we raise the leather's nap.

Next, we melt down a high chrome rouge until it is the consistency of thick vasoline. We smear and work this preparation into the leather surface with a hard rolled shop rag until the surface of the strop is thoroughly saturated and coated. Then we let the polish sink in and set for two days under low heat.

Finally, we rescrape the surface of the strop to remove excess polish and reset the nap. We run the edges of the base on a Burr King grinder to smooth and round the sides for comfortable use, and remove the green polish that gets on everything.

Remember these strops are hand made and are not the prettiest things in the world. They are also subject to the availability of the right piece of chap leather, and making them depends on what materials are available.

We use particle board base material. Width may vary from to 3" and length may vary from 12". Leather color may vary from cream color to dark brown which will affect the color of the finished product. Each strop is hand checked for "nap and grab" before being packaged.

How to use them.


All edges come off of your sharpening stones with a fuzzy uneven edge. The edge can be straightened out with a fine ceramic or steel, if you have the right touch. The problem is, with too much pressure, a hard ceramic or steel will roll that edge to one side or another and possibly break it off. To get that shaving sharp edge, it helps to have a soft polishing surface that "gives a little" as you straighten that fuzz out. The surface of our leather strop cushions your finishing strokes to prevent rolling your finished edge, as you might on a hard ceramic or steel. Always be sure to pull your knife edge backward four or five strokes on one side, and then on the other. Always make sure your knife is clean before stropping as a dirty knife will clog up the strop surface.

Remember! Always pull the knife edge backward to strop and be sure the knife is clean. A dirty knife will clog up the strop surface!

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: HERE'S A QUOTE FROM A NEWLY PUBLISHED BOOK BY STEVEN ROMAN, WHO WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK FOR HIS REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE KNIVES PLUS STROP BLOCK.

“First, I want to mention that I am partial to a pre-fabricated stropping product called a Strop Block from knivesplus.com. Each strop block is tested before it is shipped and you can see from the block itself that much care has been taken in its preparation. … I own several and use them often.” From A Primer on Folding Knives by Steven Roman (www.knifeprofessor.com).

 

KP-STROP12, STROP BLOCK

BRANDKnives Plus Strop
ORIGINUSA
Product Field 379876
Product Field 3803217
AVERAGE RATING100
NUMBER OF REVIEWS19
KNIVES PLUS ® BIG STROP BLOCK, 12" KP-STROP12
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KNIVES PLUS ® BIG STROP BLOCK, 12" KP-STROP12
Easy to use and fantastic results
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I just recently started researching different grinds and ways of sharpening those edges on hunting and general purpose knives. I kept coming back to stropping as a great way to get the best edge and not stoning my favorite knives to death. I ordered the Big Strop because I have some larger knives I wanted to sharpen. This product is very forgiving, unlike a stone that can actually dull the knife if you are a little off on the angle. I have used this on Flat, convex, scandi and Knives of Alaska 15 to 20 deg bevel grinds. The results were so much better with this strop, especially on the Bark River Convex grind, no scratches on the blade, and it was shaving sharp in minutes. Instead of supporting overseas, I bought this made in the USA product. For me it was worth every penny, for those that don't like the price, make it yourself. I like supporting small businesses and the people that work there even in a small way like purchasing this product. Great as a present or save up!
KNIVES PLUS ® BIG STROP BLOCK, 12" KP-STROP12
It's A Big Strop
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I've owned the Knives Plus 2 1/2 x 8" Strop Block for a few years and have been very pleased with the quality and results. I have been looking here and there for a larger one but just didn't hit on one I liked. I received a email from Knives Plus showing their strop blocks and was thrilled to see them offering the 3 x 12" size. I jumped on it and ordered right away. Received it in a few days and put it right to work with great results. I like the extra room to work the large folders I own. It is a true 3 x 12". The quality of this hand built strop is excellent with the smooth chap leather and green compound used. Knives Plus is fussy in picking their leather as it soft and there is not a blemish on it. Whatever size strop block you pick you won't be disappointed. Grab em' while they have them in stock.
KNIVES PLUS ® BIG STROP BLOCK, 12" KP-STROP12
Top strops!
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Most strops have no abrasive, they're just used to remove tiny irregularities on the sharpened edge.

But the Knives Plus strops have abrasives already impregnated, which works better than plain leather. I have both the white and the green strops; each one has a different grit.

However, the strops quickly developed a shiny patina. I'm not sure if this affects the result. I don't think I can tell the difference from when I first used them.

But they do create a sharper edge, so I'll use them to finish my knives after routine sharpening—even after they start to look like the butt of a bank manager's pants.
KNIVES PLUS ® BIG STROP BLOCK, 12" KP-STROP12
large strop block
By 
I was very Impressed with the large strop block the shipping time was dead on when I opened the box an saw the block I was very happy couldn't wait to try it I have made a couple strop ' s I read the instructions an I pulled out some of my knives. .....I thought they were sharp before but WOW what a difference, now I've got friends asking me to strop there knives most never even knew what a strop was now there ordering one for them selves. Thank you knives plus for a great product at a great price an it's American made! Again thank you.
KNIVES PLUS ® BIG STROP BLOCK, 12" KP-STROP12
Best Stop, Hands Down.
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I had taken a chance on the 8" strop to refine my sharpening skills and finish out my knives to a razor edge. I absolutely loved it and it made a significant difference on my edge and it was apparent that it took a very sharp edge to an insane one. I'd walk around with bare arms after sharpening all of my and my friends knives. When the 12" became available, I had to get it to use for my larger knives and kitchen knives, and it works like a charm. Wouldn't sharpen a knife right without it!
 

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