Ok, knife guys.
Does anyone use a strop for their knives? I ask, because I have an elderly man who comes to the shop once a month and stones a few of our knives in his truck. A pristine 1951 International delivery van. Last week I brought to him an old family heirloom to sharpen. A very old Italian Stiletto.
After a few years, I finally found someone who replaced the springs. Anyway, Gene didn't use a stone on it. He pulled a out couple of funny looking files. He clamped it in some type of homemade holder and used 4 different files on both edges of the knife. Then he went up front and came back with a strop.. He rubbed some'what he called red" on it. Clipped it and started to "strop" the knife. It was never that sharp but after he buffed out the Italian walnut handle and handed it to me, he said be careful. It was razor sharp! Thank goodness it also has a reverse spring.