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    Default Is it acceptable to put .25 micron diamond spray on a leather strop?

    Will it be effective for touch-ups?

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    I don't think it's the ideal surface. I think the leather would be too smooth to hold the particles for a good length of time. Maybe there's someone with some actual experience who can advise though!
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    Several months ago I sprayed some 0.25 micron diamond spray on some leather and tried using it instead of the same spray on felt. It didn't work at all! It seemed like it dulled the blade instead of sharpening. And, I didn't strop a very long period of time at all. I tried that combination on a razor or two, and didn't try any further.

    That was a very small experiment, and I have no confidence that I truly tested the diamond on leather. Just saying what I would say if this topic came up while sitting around shooting the breeze

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    I think you'd be better off using something oil-based on leather, and something water-based on fabric.

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    Okay, because I have a strop that I want to dedicate for this purpose. It is the  . I suppose I should use the spray on the linen side and something else on the leather side. I was thinking something of .5 micron on the other side; what product would suit this need?

    Brent

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    will better if you use on some fine stones . example spyderco superfine
    that will work. 0.25 is very fine.
    hope this helps.

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    If you want to use Diamond on leather you need the paste version not the spray version for it to work at it's best.... IME

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    Yea, I have amplex diamond paste on a leather bench strop and that works fine. I agree the spray is best for a medium with some grab to it.
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    Agreed, Diamond paste or Crox would work. Tony Miller used to sell small amounts of Diamond paste, suitable for one or two applications. You can call him, his number is listed on his website. FYI, Many folks, including me, find .25 diamond to be very harsh feeling on your face. Once your strop is pasted, I believe you can always go up a grit not down. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong...
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    I've used diamond spray, and paste, on leather bench strops (leather glued to hardwood) for quite some time and with great results. However, I put the spray only on natural leather (never latigo), and sometimes I put it on leather that I've roughed up just a bit, either with pumice stone or fine sandpaper. And sometime I soak the leather and let it dry before applying the spray or past. Diamond on leather is a basic part of my razor maintenance routine and allows me to go many months between honings.

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