When I first learned how to sharpen a knife it was edge trailing. This is the way I’ve grown most comfortable sharpening and I can explain the benefits to sharpening this way. I have also learned why some people prefer sharpening edge leading and I’ll explain what the differences are.
But why is stropping an important part of knife sharpening? While stropping alone doesn’t sharpen, it does refine and complete a sharp edge. Stropping is important for your blade for many reasons; it realigns the edge, burnishes, and abrades.
When sharpening a knife or similar tool on a 1x30 belt sander, using the correct angle is a key factor to the outcome and functionality of the blade or tool’s edge. You may be wondering what sharpening angle is ideal for your project and we’re here to help you decide.