The Story of Our Strops

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

It all started when Alex was sitting at home one day, thinking about his beloved knives. What if an Average Joe like him could freehand sharpen a knife so it would be “hair whittling”? Filled with inspiration and determination he set out on the ultimate sharpening quest. Step One: find the right tools. He already had some solid diamond sharpening stones that got his knife pretty darn sharp. But not hair-whittling. He needed something more to polish the edge to perfection. He needed the perfect strop.  

Thus began the strop hunt. He tried dozens and dozens of different strops; he tried all different compounds. And finally, he concluded that the perfect strop just wasn’t available to buy. It had to be created.  

And so the long R&D journey began. After a few months in the shop trying every combination of leathers and many different types and weights of compounds, he had finally done it. He had produced the finest line of strops one could hope for. 

The first thing you’ll notice when you open the bag holding your strop is the smell of fresh sawdust, but you won’t find any. You’ll slide it out of the bag and feel the weight of it in your hand as your fingers easily grip the sides, thanks to the grooves in the base. You’ll see smooth, clean, even leather. That’s because we carefully hand select only the highest quality leather. Look closer and you’ll see the leather is well fused onto the balanced MDF base. No peeling edges or corners! Place your new strop on the table, and you’ll notice that both the bottom and top are perfectly flat. Run your hand along the leather and feel the consistency thanks to our special leather conditioning process which allows our leather to evenly accept our Diamond Sharpening Compound. 

At Knife Point Gear we put our heart into whatever we do. We believe in going above and beyond and doing things the right way, the first time. This is especially true when it comes to manufacturing our strops. Our elaborate 16-step process ensures each and every strop we produce is of the utmost quality and truly a labor of love. When properly used and maintained our strops loaded with a small touch of our Diamond Sharpening Compound will keep your tools sharp for many years to come. 

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