Stropping helps refine your blade by cleaning up tiny burrs, and by thinning out the apex. But what, exactly, what is stropping? How does it work? Here’s a review backed by microscopic photography and knife science.
Sharpening stones can get confusing. Which grit do you use for repairing a chipped blade? Which grit is best for standard sharpening? What about honing, and polishing? Use this chart as a guide for which stones to use, and their grit ratings.