I started carrying a pocket knife when I was around 6 yo…later kind of morphed into a Leatherman. Hunted during that same time. So, yes I’ve sharpened knives for 65 years, or thereabouts. The course expanded my horizons on different techniques, equipment. $15 isn’t much for the content.
Yes. Knife course. Been around knives all my life. Plenty of things I’d never seen before.
Yep, suede side. I used a hair dryer for both green and black. I’m guessing I didn’t get the black hot enough and just ground off the suede instead of rubbing on to the suede…it is smooth and shiny now. What to do with it?
I’ll get another to re-try the black I guess.
Speaking of black… I loaded green onto one strop…seemed to work fine. Black, on the other hand, not so fine. It seems instead of ‘loading’, it just sanded off the rough part of the leather. The strop doesn’t look black at all and is smoother than a baby’s butt. What happened? Compound not hot enough? What to do with the strop at this point?
What do you use for draw knives?
In the course it was stated that black was coarse, green is medium and white is fine…
I also looked at knife sharpening websites with the same results. Some of the results for ‘black strop compound’ either do not give the type of compound or not the grit. I did see one that said it was aluminum oxide vs chromium oxide. I don’t know if it makes any difference. Do you? Another admitted its grit was 7 (or 8) microns, which is quite a bit larger than what was recommended in the course. I wish all of the recommended ‘product’ links in the course were updated.
I can’t seem to find a ‘black bar’ anywhere. Some white bars on Amazon seem to be coarser than the green?