Get a Sharp Edge on Knives, Chisels, and Planes with a Homemade Strop
Keep this simple tool in your nail pouch and you’ll never have an excuse for working with a dull blade again.
Drywall and carpet work are really hard on utility knife blades, you could change out the blades all the time or try to muddle along with a dull edge, but there’s a better way.
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This tip comes from Mark White from Kodiak, Alaska. He created a disposable strop that allows you to put a really sharp edge on a utility knife blade in a couple of seconds.
Starting out with a standard strip of 8×11 sandpaper and using a utility knife with a sharp blade, soon to be dull to cut strips the width of the stick you’re using. Staple the pieces of sandpaper to the end of the strop. You now have a handy surface where you can touch up the dull utility knife blade.
In no time at all you’ll have a serviceable cutting edge on your utility knife. When the sand paper gets dull, simply tear it off and there’s another sheet underneath ready to go.
300-grit or 400-grit sandpaper will work well for plane irons. Also, gluing a piece of leather to the backside of the strop will allow you lay down some jewelers rouge and use it to put a sharp edge on a plane iron or chisel.