Pants leg stropping

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by joe90, Dec 21, 2020.

  1. joe90


    Aug 17, 2001
    Anyone else strop their knives on their jeans/pants? ... I find myself doing this when I'm a little bored. Luckily I have not managed to make any (leg) 'mistakes' yet.

    Just wondering if this is just me or whether others do likewise?

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  2. Man with no name

    Man with no name

    Jun 24, 2015
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  3. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    I do this too:) You have to be careful not to wear out your pant leg though;)
  4. desmobob


    May 5, 2003
    I recently read somewhere on the forums here that one person --and I think he was a knife maker-- found that denim blue jeans removed a fine wire edge better than a leather strop.

    I've seen an old video of A.G. Russell telling/demonstrating how he used to strop his straight razor on the palm of his hand. That makes me even more uneasy than pants leg stropping (which I sometimes do).
  5. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    I do. It works to pop the edge back up between sharpenings.
  6. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    Yup :)
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  7. Crag the Brewer

    Crag the Brewer Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2018
    If you are wearing shorts.....Try not to Sneeze. :O
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  8. elde66

    elde66 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2019
    Pete @ the Cedric & Ada YouTube channel uses his jeans for stropping in several of his videos.
  9. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2020
    I do it also - sometimes without even thinking about it.
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  10. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    I always strop on my pants leg before digging bullets out of my hide with a Bowie. I keep the all antiseptic for internal administration, though.
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  11. c7m2p3


    Apr 20, 2018
    I usually do more for cleaning stropping paste off of the edge. For most of my pocket knives in harder, more abrasive resistant steel I have found any remaining wire edge or burr is unlikely to be knocked off by denim. Diamond past and a dedicated strop or ceramic is probably the only thing that is going to take care of that.

    Works like a charm on carbon steel, SAK SS, or things of that nature.
  12. budman5

    budman5 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 3, 2004
    Oh yeah been doing it for years.
  13. Smaug

    Smaug Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    I do it sometimes, but now that I've learned a bit more about stropping, I don't do it as much any more.

    These days, I'm more apt to look for a flat piece of cardboard.

    I did the ol' leg strop one time and wasn't paying enough attention, and poked a hole in a brand new pair of jeans. That really galled. Luckily, I didn't poke my leg.
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  14. Terry M.

    Terry M. Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 5, 2006
    Do it all the time.
  15. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
  16. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Seen it done on a chap leg in a branding pen.
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  17. MarkN86


    Sep 3, 2012
    I've done it so I know it does work, but I'm afraid it will wear on my jeans. I'd prefer to use the loose end of my belt or a piece of cardboard.
  18. Icky Thump

    Icky Thump Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oh, yea...all the time. Works great. No adverse effects so far :thumbsup:
  19. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    Only for 60 ... maybe 61 years. No polishing compound, of course ... other than maybe the dirty grease, oil, transmission fluid, etc. wiped on pants legs while working.

    "Mechanic's Gloves" hadn't been invented yet, when I was young and working in a shop of some sort, or as an on-site fabrication welder, and heavy equipment mechanic. (I only wore my welding gloves when welding, cutting, and braising.)

    I never thought to get butt inspector gloves to try and keep hands clean when working. (nor did any of my co-workers)
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  20. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    I do it every time I sharpen a stainless blade to remove any minute remaining wire edge.
    But, I do not do it out of boredom.
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