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The Field Strop ‘Standard’ is hand-made from a single piece of the finest quality, soft, supple leather. The surface of this strop has been specially treated to enable you to maintain a perfectly stropped razor sharp edge with absolute ease. The Field Strop ‘Standard’ is both durable and aesthetically pleasing, and comes with the "Shark" logo embossed onto it, making it a very special item exclusive to Shark Designs.
The Field Strop ‘Standard’ is 18 inches (457mm) long, 2 inches (51mm) wide and 1/8 Inch (3.5mm) thick with Leather Laces at both ends for tying to a tree branch, or hooking onto a nail etc, and to wrap around your hand or wrist so that you can apply tension for stropping.
The Field Strop ‘Standard’ can be treated with either a good quality Honing Paste, or a high quality Jewellers Rouge, enabling you to polish off any micro-burrs that often occur after sharpening a cutting tool. Although applying a Honing Paste, or Jewellers Rouge, allows the stropping process to be dramatically speeded up, it will none the less convert a Strop from a normal Razor Strop to a Honing Strop.
This strop is designed to be rolled up and kept in your rucksack whilst in the field and for use around the camp and when you get home.
The Field Strop ‘Standard’ is both durable and aesthetically pleasing, and comes with the "Shark" logo embossed onto it, making it a very special item exclusive to Shark Designs.
Any cutting tools that have been sharpened using the Japanese Water Stone - Combination 1000/6000 Grit, the Japanese Fine/Polishing 4000 Grit Water Stone or the Fallkniven Diamond/Ceramic Whetstone should be stropped to give a razor-sharp cutting edge. This will also ensure that your cutting tools stay razor-sharp for a lot longer.
This stick of high quality Jewellers Rouge has been specially formulated to be used to the Field Strop ‘Basic’. Once applied, it will gently enable the removal of burrs and polish the cutting edges of knives, chisels, axes or plane irons, or any tool that requires a razor sharp cutting edge.
This Jewellers Rouge is ideal for removing the stains that can often form when cutting into certain high tannin woods such as Sweet Chestnut, and can easily remove small rust spots that may appear when a high carbon tool is stowed damp or wet. The removal of stains and rust spots can be accomplished by applying a little of the Jewellers Rouge directly to the rust spot and then rubbing it with your finger, or a cloth.
Judiciously smear this high quality Jewellers Rouge into the surface of your leather Strop, in an even thin coat. (Please Note: applying Jewellers Rouge to a normal Strop will convert the Strop into a Honing Strop). Each application of Jewellers Rouge should last for several sharpening sessions. Once you have coated the Honing Strop with your Jewellers Rouge take your knife, chisel or Plane Iron etc., and gently begin to strop it back and forth along the Honing Strops surface, using minimal pressure to do so. Make sure that you drag the cutting edge and do not push it into the Honing Strop, or you will find that the cutting edge will cut into to surface of it. Repeat the stropping process about 10 to 20 times on each side of the cutting edge and you will soon achieve a polished razor edge. Using a high quality Jewellers Rouge will polish and remove any microscopic burrs from your cutting edge in a fraction of the time it would have taken without Jewellers Rouge.
After a few stropping strokes along the surface of the Honing Strop you will to see that a dark grey metallic layer begins to form, this is quite normal and is caused by the abrasive action of the Jewellers Rouge as it removes molecules of steel from the cutting edge.
When you are happy that the stropping process has been done to your satisfaction, you should carefully wipe away any excess Jewellers Rouge that may have built up on your knife, chisel etc. If you wish to then give the cutting edge a final little polish on a normal, untreated, Razor Strop, you must make sure that the cutting edge is thoroughly cleaned from any of the Jewellers Rouge or you will contaminate the untreated Razor Strop and effectively concert it into a Honing Strop.
The Field Strop ‘Basic’ is supplied with a high quality custom-made canvas bag with drawstring bag closure. The canvas bag will protect the Field Strop ‘Basic’ from damage, dust and other particle contamination, and if one side of your Field Strop ‘Basic’ is impregnated with a honing Compound, such as our Jewellers Rouge or Honing Paste, it can be stowed in the bag without other items becoming stained with any honing reside.