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    G'day,

    I've been using leather covered tapered discs to strop my blades for about the last 20 years, they work brilliantly, but you need two, either side of the grinder, one for each side of the blade,

    and I added the taper, after a blade touched the other side of the flat disc, no leakage, but I did need a pry bar to unlock my sphincter

    Thought I'd have a crack at making up a leather strop for the 2x72, I ripped a 35mm strap off the hide, I went that width, because I do a LOT of KBits, so I didn't want a 50mm wide strap, and I think a thinner belt, may be a bitch with tracking???, don't know for sure, just a gut feeling

    I split the ends with a slight bias, one end was thicker at the top, the other was thinner at the top



    cut the top off the thinner one, so they fit like this, I also skived all three end bits



    then punched in 3 sets of 2 stitching slots, running lengthways, glued and sewed it together

    https://i.imgur.com/2VJJHCG.mp4

    left it clamped up for the glue to go off, I ended up putting it under the 6ton press, to reduce the bumpage



    this is the glue I use, it's bloody good stuff, and is also holding the ceramic flat platen on both 2x72's, it quite literally, sticks like poo to a blanket, chances are, if you're wearing custom leather footware, it's this stuff holding your sole on

    https://www.leffler.com.au/foss-adhe...cement-500ml-/

    The glue hasn't gone off completely, so I backed the tension right off, and spun it up to see if I wasted my time, this'll work

    https://i.imgur.com/pJ93xh8.mp4

    I then wacked a Blaze belt on, to remove any sticky outy bits, and reduce blade bump, the belt is now hanging for the next 24hours, will hit it with some hi-shine compound tomorrow, and test it out with more tension



    As always, questions, comments, advice, and general merriment is most welcome,

    Thanks for looking,

    Scott.

  • #2
    Tried that once and the belt stretched first time I put it on it went for a walk across the shop'
    Richard
    Inside every old man is a young man wondering what the hell happened.




    Pictures of knives I have made/worked on.
    http://s177.photobucket.com/albums/w...cpZZ1QQtppZZ20

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Tinbasher View Post
      Tried that once and the belt stretched first time I put it on it went for a walk across the shop'
      Richard
      It did fly off when I first spun it up, I adjusted the tracking, and then took the vid, instead of making it 72'', it's about 70-ish'',

      it will stretch with use and time, but I've got plenty of length on the tooling arms to keep it tight, the strap is cut from this hide https://www.australianbladeforums.in...ing-a-dead-cow

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      • #4
        Interesting I guess with your like for a hawkbill, flat stop wouldn't work real well.😆
        Although that ugly knife should come North to Newcastle to recuperate😉

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        • #5
          The KBits and Persian style blades work really well on on the tapered discs, if I'm not too hungover tomorrow, I'll do a quick vid,

          that will also show the tapered mandrels sticking out of the centre of both discs, gotta' be real careful stropping a longer straight blade

          I'm hoping if this new strop works, I'll use it on straight blades rather than the discs,
          will see how it goes for the little curvy stuff, never had a moment stropping KBits

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          • #6
            I don't strop😑 shocking I know

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            • #7
              Only hand stropping I do, is my cut throat, which should really be called, a "cheek slasher" for me

              3V responds really well to a power strop, haven't yet met a steel that didn't benefit from a quick run up against some high speed dead flesh, plus a bit of white compound

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tarrabah View Post
                It did fly off when I first spun it up, I adjusted the tracking, and then took the vid, instead of making it 72'', it's about 70-ish'',

                it will stretch with use and time, but I've got plenty of length on the tooling arms to keep it tight, the strap is cut from this hide https://www.australianbladeforums.in...ing-a-dead-cow
                My Radius Master only has one setting for tension, do my stropping on a paper wheel set up now. Wonder how a leather disc will work don't use my disc for very much now.

                Richard
                Inside every old man is a young man wondering what the hell happened.




                Pictures of knives I have made/worked on.
                http://s177.photobucket.com/albums/w...cpZZ1QQtppZZ20

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Tinbasher View Post
                  Wonder how a leather disc will work
                  Wonder no more, Richard

                  Stripper vid, no wait, I mean, stropping vid...or, do I

                  the belt will ease the pucker factor of stropping long straight blades on the tapered discs, if the edge contacts the buffing mandrels, it's bye bye nice sharp edge



                  you might notice in the disc stropping bit, a large shifter hanging on the wall behind the grinder?, that's for quick and easy removal of the buffing mandrels, gives you an insight as to how lazy I am
                  Last edited by Tarrabah; 23-04-2022, 14:49.

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                  • #10
                    Very good 👍👍

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                    • #11
                      Had a play with my belt, fitted it over a old sanding belt no glue yet but fluff was flying every where
                      More playing later.
                      Your one looks great, I wouldn't have the knife touching the mandrel if I went with the disc.

                      Richard
                      Inside every old man is a young man wondering what the hell happened.




                      Pictures of knives I have made/worked on.
                      http://s177.photobucket.com/albums/w...cpZZ1QQtppZZ20

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