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Theres a Better Way


Get a Sharp Edge on Knives, Chisels, and Planes with a Homemade Strop

comments (2) July 14th, 2011 in Blogs
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

Video Length: 1:54
Produced by: John Ross, Edited by: Mike Dobsevage


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 8x11 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.

 



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Comments (2)

satrat satrat writes: great tip chuck, always good to know your polarity. but what i really liked was the suprise ending. reminded me of the belt sander drag races we used to have in a cabinet shop i worked at years ago. you just couldn't beat an old porter-cable.
Posted: 3:21 pm on July 19th

loose_ends loose_ends writes: Great tip but what grit and type of sandpaper are you using with that utility knife? It looks like wet and dry is that right ?
Posted: 11:28 am on July 17th

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