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    Question Knife sharpening: Honing compound?

    Hi guys,
    On a lot of knife sharpening videos and forums, guys use chromium oxide, (or other similar "sharpening compound" /"lapping compound"/ "honing compound" / "honing paste").
    It's an fine abrasive compound that's used to charge a cloth strop or even just put on a piece of board as a fine finish to knives or razors.

    Do you know where this can be acquired in NZ? Or a similar product?
    This is an example of the stuff https://www.amazon.com/Green-Chrome-.../dp/B003E65XYU
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    i have some compound that i got from a shaver shop. leaves a beautiful edge

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    You can just but it of Amazon. Shipping is cheap as of the right seller. I bought a strop and Comound for like 25 delivered. Alternatively I can just lop some of mine and send it down for postage. You don't need much.

    Once you learn to strop with compound on leather it will change you life. Takes a knife from sharp to hairpopping razor

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    You can buy it from shops that sell grinders/polishing wheels, there's a place right around the corner from me, get a large block quite cheap, theses is different compounds for different steels, I.e. Stainless or carbon.

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    Polishing Compounds

    I have tried several of their polishing compounds but the one that I now use exclusively is a German 800 grit paste on a leather strop. Interestingly it is not on their web site, and wasn't when I bought it a couple of years back. It was about $40 and has enough compound to keep 3-4 users going for a lifetime. If you want, I can take a photo of the pot and post it.
    I like it because you can spread it onto the strop with your finger, it loads up into the leather really well, I let it dry a bit, and then start stropping. It looks like Rotorua mud, and you don't actually feel it cutting, but it will produce a wicked edge.
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    Where do you get a leather strop from? Knife shop? Or is any old belt ok? Never gone there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    Where do you get a leather strop from? Knife shop? Or is any old belt ok? Never gone there.
    I just use a piece of leather tacked to a bit of ply... with autosol... I'm looking for some rubbing compound. ..
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    Sweet i'll cut some off the couch
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    Would anyone like to sell me some? ??? Send a pm

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    Thanks for your replies.
    Interesting...this guy tests a bunch of abrasive household products against a honing compound.
    I was told that toothpaste is a good abrasive but he says it's shit.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lraRP6xV7u0
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    Quote Originally Posted by samusugiru View Post
    Thanks for your replies.
    Interesting...this guy tests a bunch of abrasive household products against a honing compound.
    I was told that toothpaste is a good abrasive but he says it's shit.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lraRP6xV7u0
    I know toothpaste is bloody good for getting the smell of rabbit guts of your hands.... handy hint#73...
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    @Gibo, unless you have a convex grind on your knife you need to look at having some form of backing to your strop.

    Glue it to some wood etc. Different leathers have different pore and grain structure, horse and kangaroo are the preferred ones for strops.

    Balsa wood glued onto a backer also makes a very good strop.
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    Im already over it bro sounds like more work for slim gains me jap stone is all good

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    Stropping is next level sharp, well worth it.
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    DLT Standard Double Sided Leather Paddle Strop Sharpening Kit - DLT Trading

    What I use. All of my edges are convex, but they work on anything.
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