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  • 3 weeks later...

Good question, Ed.  I do not have a real answer, but if you are changing quality or "grit" then maybe changing strops or cleaning it would be a good practice.  

I use a piece of cardboard such as from cereal boxes and charge it with a stick of compound.  When the cardboard gets cut up or the waxy compound gets really dirty, I just change the cardboard.  The leather strop that I have is not fine enough for my tiny tools, just the carpenter tools.  And, I lost the little bottle of dust that came with the strop, years ago.

 

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For my small tools I use a block of wood. Just like the cardboard. If you have gouges or V tools you can cut the shape of your tools into the wood, add your compound to the shape, honing comes easy and good. Will come back with pictures later, if you wish.

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I've been using the same flex cut combo as in Ed's pic for years....I clean it off with a tooth brush now and then and I'm amazed it's still intact.  I love the yellow compound that comes with it..better than Zam even. I have never heard of using cardboard, but I've had the same problem Janel mentioned, I'm gonna try it.

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