Knife & Tool Sharpening — Knife Stropping

What is a leather wheel used for?

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What is a leather wheel used for?
Much like our Leather Super Strop Honing Belts, our Leather Honing Wheels combine the effective stropping ability of our vegetable tanned leather and the speed of modern machinery. This makes finishing a sharpening or polishing job much faster and easier.  

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Sharpening Edge Trailing vs Sharpening Edge Leading

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Sharpening Edge Trailing vs Sharpening Edge Leading
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. 

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Sharpening, Honing and Stropping

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Sharpening, Honing and Stropping
You may hear the words: “honing”, “stropping” or “sharpening” used almost interchangeably, but what is the difference between honing and sharpening?  What about honing and stropping?

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Leather Stropping in Knife Sharpening

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Leather Stropping in Knife Sharpening
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. 

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