hi everyone, I only found out about this forum recently and its amazing. thanks to all of you for the most valuable information and sound advice available to a newbie like me. I just bought an F1 ivory micarta knife and it made me crazy. One question though....Are there any other materials, commonly available, like talc or whatever, that I could use for stroping, since in my country I can't find a place selling this god damn green and black and rainbow color compound??????? Same goes for the rouge used in jewelery. In the place I live atm, there is no jewelery available in a 100km radius. I only have an old leather belt at the moment, which I made into a bench-strop. I try to do my best but its not as sharp as it was out of the box. Please don't reply "why don't you order it online?" I would if I could thnx guys, keep it up!