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New Sebenza on a electric leather strop

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by nickj79, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. nickj79

    nickj79 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 21, 2016
    i recently visited my local knife shop with my brand new Sebbie. They offered to run it on the leather strop. Is there any reason one should not strop a brand new blade? Can a leather strop have any adverse affects to the blade. Uneven the blade, unneeded wear. It was already sharp but they advised it would help flat spots.
  2. TRfromMT


    Jan 4, 2016
    Do a simple fingernail test... you'll know if you have flat spots or rolls. Then, ask 'em to show you on one of their S35VN blades.
  3. kidcongo

    kidcongo Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 12, 2013
    Do not let anyone, other than CRK, touch up your Sebenza using motorized equipment. Over half of the messed up blades we've seen here over the years were created by well-meaning "experts" with a paper wheel, belt system, etc.

    If you hand that knife to a guy with a motor, things can get bad really really quickly. Buy a KSF strop block and enjoy doing it yourself. Very hard to screw up if you go slow, and very hard to turn the knife into a "Texas toothpick". My two bits.....
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2017
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  4. jumpstat


    Mar 9, 2007
    Best part of owning CRKs apart from using it is the ability to care for it. Research what others use to maintain their tools. Invest in a sharpening system that suits you and only then can you get the full experience and really appreciate the design and performance as a tool. If CRK is near to you, then sending it in for servicing/sharpening etc is much easier.
  5. Iron City

    Iron City

    Jan 15, 2005
    A leather strop is meant to take off the burr and some minor honing... it does not need to be done via a motor. High speed creates heat and that is never good.
  6. Ptman2000

    Ptman2000 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 8, 2014
    I just use a spyderco sharpmaker per CRK recommendations. Seemed to do a good job keeping the edge "fresh" after daily use.
  7. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    I wouldn't, as mentioned above, let anyone near a CRK with a motorized sharpener! Stropping is best done by hand IMO, I would follow the advice of kidcongo and buy a KSF strop. I have one and it works well once you learn how to use it:)
  8. Sergeua

    Sergeua Basic Member Basic Member

    May 1, 2016
    They probably have it loaded with something if it gets rid of flat spots.

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