This balsa strop pad has a magnetic back and can easily be used with the HandAmerican hone base. The idea behind balsa wood as a strop medium is that a balsa surface is soft but rigid. When you apply compound you are creating a custom honing surface. The compound particles embed and stay in place while you are working, and itís easy to sand the surface clean and flat when the compound is spent. This provides a cheap and easy way to experiment with a variety of different honing compounds where you can mix and match with low cost and good results.
I read a lot about the quality of Hand American (HA) products on Bladeforums. I’m so glad I tried them out. I applied 1 micron HA Diamond Spray to the Balsa Magnetic Pads for stropping and was wonderfully surprised with the results. It has clearly taken my stropping and edge refinement to the next level. Perhaps the ultimate level!
By: doug johansen
Indian Hbr. Be.,FL.
By: Miles DeCoster
I think this is the perfect beginners strop for someone interested in serious knife sharpening. The balsa is stiff enough to prevent edge rounding and the surface can be loaded and reloaded with all sorts of stropping compounds. Fantastic value.
I have used a few types of strops and still prefer leather but this will still do the trick.
Very inexpensive form of strop. Works well with diamond spry. Soft to where if you want to try different pasts or such simply sand down and ready to go. And as always awesome service from Mark.
By: Jackie Teo
Nicely done Balsa strop pad,even surface and hard enough yet quite forgiving. Good stropping material to use with paste.
Very nice for final touch
VERY rigid. This can be good or bad depending on what you’re expecting. There is essentially NO give on these. However,as a wood medium,it’s excellent and completely free of natural defects. Seems to work well with the .5M chromium oxide paste.
By: Norman To
this product is quite good and needs to work with a diamond spray. I am happy with the results.
Great product to get that polished edge.
I have been using this pad for about 2 months. What I like about it is that does an effective job and it is not as easy to slice into as other stropping materials I have tried.
By: bob luhrs
I use a 10k stone followed by balsa wood with .5micron ken schwartz boron nitride,and balsa with .1 micron ks boron. The edge on both white and blue steel comes up to a 2 inch pinch distance paper edge cut with ease. Don’t think of balsa like the stuff from your model airplanes,this is hard balsa. Balsa ranges from 2.5 lbs/cu ft to 10 times heavier. This is almost like very soft pine,nothing like the balsa on kids toy airplanes where you can bite through it. Great stuff!
I use two of them back to back. They stick right together,and I put .5 micron boron nitride and .1 on opposite sides. Just a couple of wipes on each side and knife is razor sharp. No need for support bases with these balsa strips they hold fine to cutting board or other surface if you stick 2 of them together. the minor bits of junk on them don’t affect the sharpening effects.