Strop

Images and text by Garry Harrison,
Head, Circulating Collections Conservation,
Indiana University Libraries Preservation Department


Strop

This doesn't have to be anything fancy; this strop was made by gluing a piece of leather to a double-thickness piece of binders board, and it works fine. It is charged with metal polish, and following final whetting with the sharpening stones it removes the last of the burrs and wire edge and brings the surfaces of the bevel and back side of the blade to a mirror-polish.


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