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Wicked Edge Balsa Strops Pack, 5 and 3,5 microns

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£ 48,00
SKU: WIWE053.5BAL

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Set of 2 balsa strops to be used in combination with a Wicked Edge sharpening system. The balsa strop consists of a plastic base on which pieces of balsawood are attached. The base slides along the conductors of the Wicked Edge sharpening system. Balsawood is very suitable for polishing knives because of its soft and porous surface.

Specifications

Brand Wicked Edge
Colour orange, black, beige
Country of origin USA

Reviews

Average rating

1 review(s)

Latest reviews

Latest review

Anoniem, Bristol

Monday 4 June 2018

General score
Price vs. quality
Meets expectations

I have good experience with leather stropping, though admittedly the use of balsa is new to me. However, I broke with manly tradition and followed the instructions. I was stropping an M390 steel knife after progressing through the grits up to the WE 1500 grit diamond stones. The lapping paste on balsa had no noticeable effect whatsoever, save for taking off the diamond paste, which did not embed into the balsa strops as the instructions described. This may be because Wicked Edge seems to have an issue in formulating the correct micron transition from diamond stones through to stropping pastes and lapping films. I like the diamond stones of the Wicked Edge system, though they may well be coarser in their nominated grit than waterstones, and while they say their 1500 grit diamond stones are 3 micron, they are more like 8 micron, which seems consistent with WE's own recommendation to use 6 micron lapping films following the 1500 grit ("3 micron") stones (hence my choice of the nearest 5 micron paste), which shouldn't make any sense for diamond abrasives where the micron rating is more certain than the mean/weighted average grit size rating of waterstones. Frankly the balsa strops have been a complete write-off and waste of money for me on first use.

Comment by Knivesandtools

We have contacted with Wicked Edge directly about this: The paste can get a little dry and thick, which will cause it to scrape off instead of absorbing into the strop material. A little mist of isopropyl alcohol really helps break down the paste so that the diamonds embed and don’t get scraped off. As to why we often recommend coarser grits for strops and films following diamond stones, it’s because the substrate is soft on both the films and strops and the majority of the diamond particles are pushed into the substrate and only a small portion of each stone is contacting the knife, which gives the strop an effective grit rating of a much smaller particle. So yes, the particles are sometimes larger, but they leave a finer result.

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Wicked Edge Balsa Strops Pack, 5 and 3,5 microns

Reviews

Average rating

1 review(s)

Latest reviews

Latest review

Anoniem, Bristol

Monday 4 June 2018

General score
Price vs. quality
Meets expectations

I have good experience with leather stropping, though admittedly the use of balsa is new to me. However, I broke with manly tradition and followed the instructions. I was stropping an M390 steel knife after progressing through the grits up to the WE 1500 grit diamond stones. The lapping paste on balsa had no noticeable effect whatsoever, save for taking off the diamond paste, which did not embed into the balsa strops as the instructions described. This may be because Wicked Edge seems to have an issue in formulating the correct micron transition from diamond stones through to stropping pastes and lapping films. I like the diamond stones of the Wicked Edge system, though they may well be coarser in their nominated grit than waterstones, and while they say their 1500 grit diamond stones are 3 micron, they are more like 8 micron, which seems consistent with WE's own recommendation to use 6 micron lapping films following the 1500 grit ("3 micron") stones (hence my choice of the nearest 5 micron paste), which shouldn't make any sense for diamond abrasives where the micron rating is more certain than the mean/weighted average grit size rating of waterstones. Frankly the balsa strops have been a complete write-off and waste of money for me on first use.

Comment by Knivesandtools

We have contacted with Wicked Edge directly about this: The paste can get a little dry and thick, which will cause it to scrape off instead of absorbing into the strop material. A little mist of isopropyl alcohol really helps break down the paste so that the diamonds embed and don’t get scraped off. As to why we often recommend coarser grits for strops and films following diamond stones, it’s because the substrate is soft on both the films and strops and the majority of the diamond particles are pushed into the substrate and only a small portion of each stone is contacting the knife, which gives the strop an effective grit rating of a much smaller particle. So yes, the particles are sometimes larger, but they leave a finer result.

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Wicked Edge Balsa Strops Pack, 5 and 3,5 microns

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Wicked Edge Balsa Strops Pack, 5 and 3,5 microns

Specifications

General information

Brand Wicked Edge
Colour orange, black, beige
Country of origin USA
Warranty on materials and manufacturing defects lifetime
Number 4 pieces

Material

Material plastic

Features & functions

Grit according to supplier 3,5 micron, 5 micron
Use with water no
Type sharpening stone
Suitable for Wicked Edge pro pack 1, Wicked Edge pro pack 2, Wicked Edge generation 3, Wicked Edge precision sharpener, Wicked Edge field and sport, Wicked Edge field and sport pro
Grit size Fine, Extra fine

Scope of delivery

Inclusive diamond paste

Dimensions & weight

Weight 50 grams
Length 14.3 cm
Height 3 cm
Width 2.5 cm
Height usable part 0.1 cm
Length usable part 13 cm
Width usable part 2 cm