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This is the strop on the 1500 grit sandpaper side of the strop stick. The angle is maintained while the smith slides the edge back and forth several times to break the burr. The smith travels the length of the stick and the length of the blade’s edge in a continuous motion.

Stropping: What It Is And How It’s Accomplished

What is the purpose of stropping? Is it the same as sharpening a knife? We’ll answer those questions and more on this finishing process.
A good tip is the black marker trick. Using a permanent black marker with a wider chisel tip, color the edge bevel on both sides of the blade. The goal is to sharpen the blade—here on the Gerber Tri-Tip removing the black marker ink from both sides.

How To Determine The Best Angle To Sharpen

What determines the best sharpening angle? The answer is one that plagues knife neophytes and old hands alike.
Benchmade’s 50082 14 Degree Guided Hone Tool is specially designed for use only with the company’s knives with the 14-degree SelectEdge cutting edge. Integrated angle guides help set the proper edge angle.

5 Angle-Guide Knife Sharpeners That Make The Cut

The proper angle is key to a sharp blade. Here are the angle-guide sharpeners that ensure you'll always get it right.

5 Myths About Knife Sharpening

Knife sharpening is, on its surface, a simple thing. That hasn't prevented a few myths from popping up, though. Here are five knife sharpening myths, busted.
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How to Sharpen a Serrated Knife

Here is how to sharpen a serrated knife, including some recommendations for sharpeners.

5 Leading Sharpening Rods

5 LEADING SHARPENING RODS TAKE THE AUTHOR’S SHARP TEST The sharpening rod is perhaps the No. 1 kitchen knife accessory in many households. Why? Usually...

5 Ways to Sharpen a Knife Without a Knife Sharpener

Here's how to sharpen a knife with a saw blade, a truck window, the spine of another knife, a computer mousepad and a ceramic coffee mug.
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