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    NorCalQ
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    Ok, so when I get to stropping, after I’ve reduced the angle by 1 degree, I seem to get a build up of paste on the bevel.  My initial thought was to increase the angle to be rubbing the bevel enough to rub off the paste, thereby being in contact with the entire bevel.  That said, I must be wrong, cuz I’m a Nubee.  Please set me straight, please.

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    Organic
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    The answer is that it is a matter of personal preference. I prefer to reduce the angle by 1.5 degrees per side so that the leather just barely hits the apex. Increasing the angle will give you a convexed apex which will probably feel a little less sharp but might have good edge retention. The paste will flake off, but most of the diamonds should still be on the leather because they will have worked their way into the leather.

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    #48547

    MarcH
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    I prefer to allow the applied stropping compound to dry into the leather overnight before I use the strops at 1 1/2 to 2 degree lower, more acute, angle then the sharpened angle.  Some compound will be left on the steel.

    Marc
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    #48548

    NorCalQ
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    OK…thanks.  I thought maybe I was going over the edge and the compound was scraping off the leather.  If it’s typical for the build up to happen when you’re doing it right, then that’s cool.

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    MarcH
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    Clay recommends you spritz the leather strops with rubbing alcohol when using them.  Give this a try.  Maybe it’ll give you results more in line with your expectations.  They’re is really nothing you can do that is wrong.  Each of us have personalized our techniques and use a method that we like the results.  It may differ from what I do.  It’s a personalized thing to do what you like best.

    Marc
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    #48550

    Organic
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    Strops are very pressure sensitive. The amount of pressure applied is highly user dependent, so each user has to experiment with angle adjustments and pressure to figure out what combination works for that person.

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    #48551

    MarcH
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    A lighted magnified helper like a loupe or USB microscope helps you see the results of your efforts to determine the results you’re working towards.

    Marc
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    #48552

    NorCalQ
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    What is the preferred USB Microscope?

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    MarcH
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    Again that’s a personal thing.  My preferred unit is this inexpensive model .  

    It does everything I need it to do.  It takes some practice to figure out how to use the scope to your advantage.  I use it hand held with a laptop on a resolution setting of 600 X 800, on high power.  There are lots of models with better features.  I use it strictly for inspection to see my sharpening progress.

    Marc
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