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    horse butt strop question

    I just recently acquired a small piece of horse butt leather. Any recommendations regarding:

    smooth side vs rough side up?
    use plain or with green rouge?
    glue to smooth surface or leave both sides available?

    thanks in advance.

    Ken

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    Smooth. I like red rouge.

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    Rough and Herb's Yellowstone

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    Actually, from the title of this thread, I wondered why you wanted to strop a horse's butt.

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    Well Frank, I hear if you get the horse's butt real smooth, you get a better ride.

    Ken

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    how does one strop a horse's butt without becoming emotionally involved?
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    ken,
    i`ve always made my strops rough side out.....it takes a while and a bit of compound to load `em but they work pretty well for me.
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    I prefer the smooth side - what exactly is the point of using the rough side? If you use your strop with a rouge, then it follows that the surface benefits from being smooth - are your waterstones rough?

    I would use the rough side if the strop was used bare, that is, without a rouge. This is useful when the strop is essentially for removing a wire edge.

    The other issue is that any rouge should ideally be spread smoothly and not clump on the surface. I add mineral oil (in the form of Baby Oil) to the mix.

    Here is an article I wrote comparing green rouge with diamond paste on a leather strop: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/Woodwor...mondpaste.html

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    Boy I am glad to see this topic come up. I had this dilemma recently when sharpening my chisels.

    I ordered some of that herbs yellowstone to try out. But at the time i used the green compound. Thanks Derek for the article. I never thought of the mineral oil thing cause i did notice the green stuff being lumpy.
    cheers

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    derek,
    i too use oil to make a slurry of my compound and work the slurry into the leather....only difference being the rough side will "hold" the slurry...
    after a while, depends on the user, the strop lays down and forms a flat abrasive surface that very seldom requires recharging.
    i`ve used both methods and over time the strops that have "stuck" are the ones i glued rough side out.
    i don`t imagine it really matters how you polish the edge so long as it cuts
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