If you're talking about using a leather belt or strop to sharpen a knife:
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This is a discussion on What does the leather belt do.....? within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Forgive my ignorance....what does the leather do? De bur(sp) after sharpening? Thanks in advance.......and can you use an old leather belt...?...
Forgive my ignorance....what does the leather do? De bur(sp) after sharpening? Thanks in advance.......and can you use an old leather belt...?
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Here's a short note about using leather to get a knife edge...
Info by Daniel Ray
Using leather to sharpen a knife, more commonly called "stropping," is a method that will allow a knife to take on a razor-sharp edge. Stropping is normally used on straight razors to attain an edge that can be used for shaving. The leather polishes the blade's edge and removes microscopic burrs or defects on the edge. In order for stropping to be effective, the knife should have been previously sharpened to a fine edge.
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Stropping makes a real difference. Thats why barbers who still do shaves have a big leather strop on their chairs. My friend is a Knife sharpening wizard. The last thing he does is run it across a piece of boot leather. Split an arm hair.
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