stropping compound where can I buy it?

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Can anyone recomend a stropping compound? Also where can I get it? I have heard of red and white compound; can this be bought at a hardware store such as Sears hardware?
 

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Can anyone recomend a stropping compound? Also where can I get it? I have heard of red and white compound; can this be bought at a hardware store such as Sears hardware?

welcome.

you can get what you are looking for at Sears. You'll find the different compounds near the grinders.

if you have a Woodcraft store near you, i would recommend Tormek honing compound. I love the stuff.....it is all I use on my strops now.
 
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I bought my red and white sticks at Sears. That stuff works great for me.

I have heard of others using automotive compounds and polishes.

Sometimes a plain unloaded strop will do the trick.

Others should be along shortly to direct you to where you can buy compounds, powders, and liquids that are sold specifically for stropping blades.
 
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Well, not much to add, but you can also find the various jewelers diamond pastes in a variety of grits (meshes).
 
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The red is very fine. Jewelers use it to polish gold and silver pieces on the buffer. I use Thiers-Issard white and green Chromium Oxide from Woodcraft.
 
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I think the best "off the shelf" stropping compound is the green sticks. Chromium oxide is what's in it and always a rich green color. I managed to find a stick of it at a local home depot/lowes one day.
 
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Check out the BRKT kit - has strop and compounds found on kniveshipfree.com.
 
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My unscientific observation is that chromium oxide is the most often mentioned stropping compound in the forum so I assume it is the most popular. It has been available in stick, liquid and powder forms. I prefer the powder which I suspect is the most concentrated form, free of the additives necessary to makes sticks and liquids.
 
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