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    Purchased a CrOx crayon from SRD many, many months go and had used it on a few occassions just to squeak out that last bit of keeness on an edge or just a few passes to do a blade refresh, when I first got it the crayon seemed softer and was easier to rub onto the leather but now it seems that it's drier and does not want to come off onto the black scrub leather I am rubbing it on, the black dye from the scrub leather seems to clog the end of the crayon, it easily rubs off clean on a paper towel but within a few passes it gets black again so not sure if its getting into the leather, it also feels drier if that makes sense, so with all my rambling does the crayon dry out and if so can it be refreshed ? I was storing it the way it came just wrapped up in foil.
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    I have one that is probably 5 years old that is barely used and still in good condition. I have kept it in a ziplock bag. I have no idea if that helped or if I was just lucky but I wanted to rub your face in it.

    Kidding!

    I have no idea if it is possible to "rehydrate" the crayon that is wax-like, but have you tried taking it out of the foil and checking the condition of the bottom end of it?

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    Crayons are for coloring books, stones are for razors.

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    They get a skin on them, rub it on some sand paper, to get to the soft stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hirlau View Post
    Crayons are for coloring books, stones are for razors.
    I have a few stones but have the crayon for that last little bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euclid440 View Post
    They get a skin on them, rub it on some sand paper, to get to the soft stuff.
    I will try that, thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Utopian View Post
    I have one that is probably 5 years old that is barely used and still in good condition. I have kept it in a ziplock bag. I have no idea if that helped or if I was just lucky but I wanted to rub your face in it.

    Kidding!

    I have no idea if it is possible to "rehydrate" the crayon that is wax-like, but have you tried taking it out of the foil and checking the condition of the bottom end of it?
    I recently took it out of the foil and lightly rubbed it with some fine sandpaper on the end and it seemed to help alot, i also read somewhere that applying a few drops of neatsfoot oil to your palm and rubbing it on the leather before applying helps spread it.
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    One more question, i know it's not supposed to be applied heavy but once applied how long does it last before it needs to be reapplied ?

    Here it is applied to my paddle strop, the panels are replaceable which is nice.

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    Depends on how often you use it and what it is applied to, the substrate.

    I put it on MDF for knives and tools and it does not wear out but gets black, so I just reapply as needed once or twice a year.

    For razors, I put Chrome Oxide on a hanging Polyester Canvas Sailcloth hanging strop. I apply 3 in. X’s about wide. I lay the strop on a bench with a cut up brown paper bag under it. The brown paper is also good for rubbing off the skin.

    On a hanging strop it will last years, I use my chrome ox strop when honing so it gets a lot of use, probably much more than average and it’s been years since I have put any on.

    Pretty much just re apply as needed. I have the Chrome Ox spray, but that just makes a mess.

    I do have a leather paddle that I use for chisels and the rough leather, much like yours does not seem to hold it as well, and I apply it more often. It does not take much

    I have had that stick for years and made and pasted quite a few strops, I doubt I have use more than 10 percent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Euclid440 View Post
    Depends on how often you use it and what it is applied to, the substrate.

    I put it on MDF for knives and tools and it does not wear out but gets black, so I just reapply as needed once or twice a year.

    For razors, I put Chrome Oxide on a hanging Polyester Canvas Sailcloth hanging strop. I apply 3 in. X’s about wide. I lay the strop on a bench with a cut up brown paper bag under it. The brown paper is also good for rubbing off the skin.

    On a hanging strop it will last years, I use my chrome ox strop when honing so it gets a lot of use, probably much more than average and it’s been years since I have put any on.

    Pretty much just re apply as needed. I have the Chrome Ox spray, but that just makes a mess.

    I do have a leather paddle that I use for chisels and the rough leather, much like yours does not seem to hold it as well, and I apply it more often. It does not take much

    I have had that stick for years and made and pasted quite a few strops, I doubt I have use more than 10 percent.


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    Thanks for the great info, I will leave what i have on it in the pics I posted and see how long it last's, i do like the fact that it's really not messy, I don't use it often like maybe a few times a month and it's never more that 10-15 very light passes like just enough pressure to keep the blade in good contact with the scrub leather, i did at one time have it on a hanging strop and had it pasted to flax linen which it seemed to go on easier with the flax but I had read some where that using it on a hanging strop was a no-no but can see from your post that you have it on a hanging strop, what i had read was that using it on a hanging strop tended to round the edge since it's not as ridgid as a paddle ot balsa pasted strop.
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    I used my paddle a lot at one point. It just goes and goes and goes as far as I can tell. I was told to keep it covered when not in use as it is a little greasy it contaminates easily.
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