Introduction: EZ Xakto Knife Strop

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In this instructable you will learn how to make a quick and easy strop to keep your Xacto or any other strait edge knife honed.
As a side note you can use this strop on any strait edge knife.
Materials required:
an Xacto knife
a small block of hard wood such as Oak
a piece of scrap leather big enough to cover the block
stropping compound
medium CA (crazy glue)

This is my first instrucable and it is for the 3rd Epilog challenge.
What I would do with a laser cutter;
It's been my desire to start my own small business. I have been reading books on the subject but eventually you have to start doing
not just reading. Winning the laser cutter will give me the jumpstart I need to get a small business off the ground. Not only will it allow me to be self sufficient but I can also contribute to the economy and help it grow.

Step 1: Gluing the Leather to Wood

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Cover one side of the block with glue

Step 2: Putting on the Leather

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Stretch the piece of leather with the fuzzy side up on to the glue covered block

Step 3: Trim the Leather

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Once the glue dries, trim off the excess from around the edges

Step 4: Add Stropping Compound

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rub  the stropping compound into the leather

Step 5:

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If you look carefully at an Xacto blade you will notice 2 bevels, the second bevel (high lighted in red with the red arrow pointing at it) that makes up the cutting edge is the part you want to put flat against the strop

Step 6: Strop the Blade

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with the knife flat against the strop. run the knife away from the cutting edge on each side of the knife ( in the direction of the brown arrow)


Phil B (author)2011-03-07

The barber I had as a young boy stropped his razors on a long leather belt, but I have never seen stropping compound. Where do you buy it? Thank you for your Instructable.

kill-a-watt (author)Phil B2011-03-21

Try in the hardware store near the felt or cloth buffing wheels, a/k/a "buffing compound".

There is several different grades. Try to find an airtight plastic container to keep the compound in so it does not dry out.

Omegablood (author)2011-03-07

Stropping combound is a fine crayon like abrasive material.
The one that I use in the instructable came with some carving knives I purchased.
It can be purchased here :

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