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    Just wondering if anyone has tried using slurry on their fabric strop. Was wondering if this would be similar to a crox or diamond paste.

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    Same principle. Only possible problem is potential particle size variance. Could work for you. But using crox or any other known particle size strop dressing is a sure thing. Thinking out loud. Ken
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    I just heard this suggested on a knife sharping group on Facebook. They had mentioned using the slurry on a leather strop though rather than cloth
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    Crox and other pastes sort of eliminated the need for that, but why the heck not. What type/grit of slurry are you considering using? I had used some (finishing) type of jnat slurry in the past, done a couple of razors, but I wasn't blown away by the results, and so I never bothered again.
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    I'm interested in this as well, I've read / heard about this idea a lot, but can't remember if there were any results and what the outcome of those were

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    Not sure what kind I would try. I was going to say maybe from a jnat but if you didn’t notice much of a difference I doubt it’s worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by basil View Post
    Not sure what kind I would try. I was going to say maybe from a jnat but if you didn’t notice much of a difference I doubt it’s worth it.
    I can say that, when I make "mineral pastes" using jnat dust and oil (nugui), I can definitely see the difference in the polish on blade faces. It does make a difference, I'm just saying it's not that great, when applied to shaving edges. That's at least what I thought with a couple of stones I had back then. Jnats vary so much, that no definite conclusions can (and should) be drawn from these experiments of mine. I do recommend you to try, and hopefully have some fun while doing it.
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    Can’t hurt to try it out! I’ll probably try it out next time I’m trying to hone something.

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    Whether the process of using slurry on cloth or leather works may well depend on what you are trying to accomplish. I can see this as being effective for knife sharpening, but maybe not so much for razor honing.

    Often when we are applying polishing compounds to strops, we are using extremely fine particles in the sub micron range. Most hones have particles that are 1 micron and larger.There are may be some natural hones that are finer than 1 micron (like some very fine JNATS, some Welsh slates, etc) and there are certainly a few synthetic hones that are finer than 1 micron like the SHapton Glass 16K and 30K hone and the Suehiro G20K hone.
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    I’ve done it, broken jnat slurry on Kanoyama canvas. I used it for some time, and it seems to create a more aggressive edge, so eventually I threw the canvas in the washing machine (again) to remove the slurry. It’s a good practice to take a Sharpie and mark which side you have slurry on, it may not be evident.
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