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KNIVES PLUS ® STROP BLOCK, Leather Sharpening Strop, KP-STROP8

KNIVES PLUS ® STROP BLOCK, Leather Sharpening Strop, KP-STROP8
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KNIVES PLUS ® Leather Sharpening Strop on a block, a Strop Block for finishing the edge of your knife, approximately 2 1/2" by 8".
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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 2 1/2" X 8" (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 2"-2 1/2" and length may vary from 7"-8". 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-STROP8, STROP BLOCK

BRANDKnives Plus Strop
ORIGINUSA
AVERAGE RATING97.877094972067
NUMBER OF REVIEWS179
KNIVES PLUS ® STROP BLOCK, Leather Sharpening Strop, KP-STROP8
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KNIVES PLUS ® STROP BLOCK, Leather Sharpening Strop, KP-STROP8
Try it you will like it.
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In the process developing into a knife guy, I recently became interested in stropping. I came across a video on YouTube that featured the Strop Block and ordered one. I have been using it for a short time, am I impressed? ABSOLUTLY.
Today I was using a new EDC blade for some food prep. I ended up dragging the tip and front of the belly across a plate several times. The result was a blade that went from very sharp to not cutting paper.
I ran it across the Strop Block for 4 cycles of 3 passes per side, than I did a paper check. Not only did the tip and belly cut the paper, they cut almost as good as the back part of the blade that still had the manufacturers original edge.
The Strop Block is a great product for a very reasonable price. Anyone that is serious about a sharp knife is missing the boat if they are not using a strop to maintain their blade. Trust me, buy a Strop Block, you will be very glad you did.
KNIVES PLUS ® STROP BLOCK, Leather Sharpening Strop, KP-STROP8
Magic?
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I have over ten years of knife sharpening experience. In that time I have made my own strops, I have used every stropping and buffing material known to man. In short I thought I knew how to get an amazingly sharp edge on a knife. Despite all of this, it wasn't until I received my KnivesPlus Strop Block that my blades achieved an all new level of sharpness.

I really thought the glowing reviews of this strop were hype or were from amateurs that didn't know proper knife sharpening techniques. I was wrong.

I don't believe in magic, but if such a thing existed, this strop would have to be made from it. Just a few very light passes with the knife nearly flat on the strop brought all of my edges to insane levels of sharpness.

Spend the money on this one folks, you will not regret it.
KNIVES PLUS ® STROP BLOCK, Leather Sharpening Strop, KP-STROP8
Well made, but overrated
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This is a well made strop and it strops well, too. The “problem” is that stropping does not accomplish what the Strop Block video claims, at least it doesn’t when I use it. It will polish your edge, but the video, which first dulls a Victorinox blade and then sharpens it with a rough diamond file and then finishes it with the Strop Block, is misleading, in my opinion. I have tried over and over and I cannot get results like that video does.

Is it worth it - well, yes, if you actually need a strop block. The real question is, do you really need a strop block? If you are basing your purchase on the demo video, I would think twice, because I think it causes false expectations. But the item itself is well done and I have no complaints about the quality of the tool.
KNIVES PLUS ® STROP BLOCK, Leather Sharpening Strop, KP-STROP8
Excellent Strop
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I've used this strop for blades from 2"" to 12". It does a marvelous job of polishing the edge of each knife I've used it on.

Block is straight and leather is flat with no high or low points to interfere with its function. There is enough green compound impregnated here to keep every tool I own smoking sharp for a long time. In the event this one gets worn out from use or the block should be damaged, I hope Knives Plus will still be around to sell me another strop just like it.

You could buy the larger model, but generally if your blades are kitchen knives and smaller you won't need it.

Two thumbs up for knowing exactly what goes into a good strop block and giving me just that.
KNIVES PLUS ® STROP BLOCK, Leather Sharpening Strop, KP-STROP8
First Strop
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I have been sharpening knives for years the old fashion way on a stone. then i started getting into higher end knives and wanted to get the killer edges i see the guys on youtube getting. First i got a sharpmaker to keep my angles correct and it worked great but i wanted more so i started looking into strops. After a lot of searching the Knives Plus Strop block kept coming up and was getting great reviews so i ordered one. Wow talk about making your knives sharp!!! Very very easy to use and awesome quality! If your thinking about getting a strop i would look at getting one of these. The price is great compared to the other strops out there. Thanks Knives Plus for such a great product!!!
 

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