How to Clean a Leather Strop

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A leather strop is a small tool used to sharpen knives. Typically made of wood with a piece of leather on one side, along with a few small pieces of metal or leather hardware, a leather strop is a highly effective tool to use on any style of knife. The leather grain also polishes the knife as it sharpens, creating a clean knife that appears to be brand new. Cleaning the strop itself is required from time to time, and you can accomplish it with just a few ingredients.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Olive oil or linseed oil
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Dish
  • Pour 1 tsp. of household vinegar into a bowl to clean, disinfect and deodorize the leather strop.

  • Pour 1 tsp. of olive oil or food-grade linseed oil into the bowl as well to hydrate the wood and leather.

  • Dip a cleaning cloth into the solution.

  • Rub the damp cloth over the leather strop, cleaning the leather, wood base and all other parts as well.

  • Allow the leather strop to dry overnight. The oil will penetrate into the leather and wood, nourishing both parts of the strop.

  • Buff the strop in small, circular motions with the cleaning cloth the following day to wipe away oil residue.

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