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

  • Knives Plus Strop Block
  • KNIVES PLUS STROP BLOCK, Leather Sharpening Strop, KP-STROP8
  • KNIVES PLUS STROP BLOCK, Leather Sharpening Strop, KP-STROP8
  • Knives Plus Strop Block
  • KNIVES PLUS STROP BLOCK, Leather Sharpening Strop, KP-STROP8
  • KNIVES PLUS STROP BLOCK, Leather Sharpening Strop, KP-STROP8
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SKU: KP-STROP8
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BRANDKnives Plus Strop
ORIGINUnited States

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

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407 reviews

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BEST STROP EVER 05/23/2017
By GUNNY 0317
Amazing!
I read all the hype,saw the videos.I assumed it was paid reviewers.
I have used / made countless strops.
How can this be any better? Well, it is.
I have No idea why.It works faster and makes sharper edges,period.
No less for 23 bucks.
Came FAST.

I got because I use all Bark River convex edges.Assuming nothing stupid happens, this strop will maintain a convex edge forever.Quickly.
I have done all my duty and home blades,including my kitchen knives.
Worked fast and easy.In most cases edges went from MEH to shaving sharp in 10-15 seconds.

I find the white works faster.Will sharpen a bit.
I like both.Green makes that mirror edge.

On the fence? BUY IT !
It really works.

I had a tiny C.S. issue. ( these things happen)
No BS, NO hassle,NO phone or Email tag.
They just fixed the problem INSTANTLY and made more then good.
Impressive in this day and age.

TY for great CS and a great USA made product !
Works as claimed 100%
I will send others here to grab one for sure.

Semper FI
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Knives Plus KP-STROP8 01/02/2019
By Richard Slackman
I have been my own knife sharpener for decades and VERY sharp knives have always been a top priority. I got ALL mine very sharp and just assumed getting them as sharp as the manufacturer would be just a goal to shoot for but hardly ever achievable. NOT ANYMORE !!! I learned about this product after watching a YouTube video on "stropping" by JDAVIS. You need to watch this video !!! Since then I ordered this strop block and followed the video to get the technique and OH MY GOD. I CAN spit hairs lengthwise ! I have taken EVERY single knife I own ( and my neighbors ) to a whole new level of SHARPNESS. Sharp as any razor blade on earth !!! NO exaggeration at all. The more you strop, the sharper your blade gets, period. I sit and strop while watching movies and by the time the movie is over, I have NO hair left on my left arm ;-)

Get one, I assure you you will never be without one again. Talk with Danner when you call to order. He'll take GREAT care of you. A GREAT GUY !
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Strop block for the ages 12/10/2022
By Kyle Dunn
There's not a lot to say about knives plus. They are a fantastic company located in the United States of America. Most of all the things they sell are all American made. What brought me to knives Plus this time was I was in the market for a good strop block. I kept reading in the forums about this block from knives plus and I decided to give it a go. It's a 8 inch by 2 in platform with very soft chapped leather, which is already loaded with .01 to .05 micron compound. Which really allows you to hone and polish your blade to an almost mirror finish. I specifically use this drop block when honing and keeping my Chris Reeve sebenza's nice and sharp without removing the convexed edge. All the staff and managers at knives Plus are great. Customer service is fantastic. And banner I think he might be the general manager is a great guy who deserves a shout out. I really hope knives Plus stays around for the long haul, because the stuff you guys sell is just too good to pass up. Thank you!
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Try it you will like it. 10/11/2015
By Don in Oregon
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.
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Best Strop you can Buy 06/15/2018
By Bill Herreman
This Strop Block comes preloaded with micro fine honing compound. If you haven't bought a regular strop and tried to load it yourself you don't know how nice that is to get this one preloaded. I've had mine for a couple of years and sharpen a lot of knives. I'm a woodworker and have to sharpen chisel, plane blades, lath tools, and jointer blades. So my Strop Block gets a lot of use and after 2 years it's just showing a little black on it. All I have to do to clean it up is put a drop of olive oil on my finger and rub it over the strop and it becomes like a new Strop. The second one of my tools is not cutting right I take it to the Strop, in no time it's sharp again. If you want your knifes or tools to be razor sharp you have to have a Strop Block from Knives Plus, this is the best one out there.
 
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