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merkurguy
07-12-2008, 03:54 PM
I can't seem to find anywhere to get some. Handmades website is down I guess. Any sources would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

PedroNavaja
07-12-2008, 04:45 PM
I'm also interested

norman931
07-12-2008, 05:13 PM
Check here (http://badgerandblade.com/vb/member.php?u=5519)
Look in his signature for the deal. This should hold you for a while.

kelbro
07-12-2008, 09:11 PM
Woodcraft.com

Some Lowes stores carry it.

merkurguy
07-13-2008, 09:46 AM
Lowes? What would they call it if I am not being stupid in asking this.

Monkeyboy
07-13-2008, 09:57 AM
I got mine from sharpeningsupplies.com. I see woodcraft.com also has the same product. I haven't used anything else but this was kind of a pain to work with. It comes in a wax-based stick, like a crayon consistency. It was messy and would not adhere to the leather on its own. I rubbed some in with some strop conditioner and then it adhered nicely but still pretty messy.

I've heard that the powder is easier, you can just mix it with some conditioner and rub it in.

bones59
07-13-2008, 12:32 PM
Classicshaving.com has it too. I think its a dovo product. Look in the Razor Strops, Hones, and Accessories area. It about five bucks for a small tube. It's what I use on my paddle strop.

kelbro
07-13-2008, 01:33 PM
Lowes? What would they call it if I am not being stupid in asking this.

I think that it's just called polishing compound. They have the red rouge, the green chrome-ox and white. It is in the crayon form. The red is too fine for razors and the white is good for the canvas/linen side of the strops. I don't have any problems with this type but I use it on the 'roughout' side of the leather or the linen.

I am guessing that with the pastes and creams, they are being used on the smooth side of the strop. I have no experience with those since I don't apply any grit to the smooth side. That's my final finish.

merkurguy
07-13-2008, 02:03 PM
I just ordered some from chrisl. I will have to check lowes next time I am in there.

Thanks

swink
07-21-2008, 04:39 PM
If you're getting it for the first time Chrisl (a fellow B&B member) is the way to go. You'll have more than you could use for the forseeable future. Mine arrived quickly with thorough instructions.

jeffinkalamazoo
07-24-2008, 08:55 AM
You can usually buy powdered chrome oxide from a lapidary supply house; one that does stock it http://www.kingsleynorth.com
something like $13/lb

Sorry I am new to B&B and I donít mean to offend anyone, but I have to ask,,, why in the world do you want to use chrome oxide? It is notorious for staining everything in sight green and it is difficult of wash off. Think of the 'wicked witch if the west' green.

FWIW, lapidary folk generally use it for polishing jade and a few other materials that respond better to it.

Jeff in Kalamazoo

FloppyShoes
07-24-2008, 09:01 AM
IMHO We use it because it has rounder particles, making for a slower but finer cut. The various diamond pastes are also nice, but cut differently and are more expensive.

Incidentally, welcome to B&B

jeffinkalamazoo
07-24-2008, 02:29 PM
"IMHO We use it because it has rounder particles, making for a slower but finer cut. The various diamond pastes are also nice, but cut differently and are more expensive."

Thanks for the rounded particle explanation, it makes sense.

In my other life I'm a colored stone cutter/faceter. Colored stone is just the GIA definition of anything but diamonds. With that said I do a fair amount of polishing with diamond and the various oxides. Like diamond up thru 200k. Cutting and polishing stuff like sapphire is typical. Again not to be out of step the forum rules and the like, but I would be more than happy to discuss the sorts of things we do and the suppliers we use if it may be of interest to this group. Sorry if I have intruded,,, just a DE guy who got lost exploring the various forums here.

Jeff in Kalamazoo

backpackerx
07-29-2008, 02:35 PM
"IMHO We use it because it has rounder particles, making for a slower but finer cut. The various diamond pastes are also nice, but cut differently and are more expensive."

Thanks for the rounded particle explanation, it makes sense.

In my other life I'm a colored stone cutter/faceter. Colored stone is just the GIA definition of anything but diamonds. With that said I do a fair amount of polishing with diamond and the various oxides. Like diamond up thru 200k. Cutting and polishing stuff like sapphire is typical. Again not to be out of step the forum rules and the like, but I would be more than happy to discuss the sorts of things we do and the suppliers we use if it may be of interest to this group. Sorry if I have intruded,,, just a DE guy who got lost exploring the various forums here.

Jeff in Kalamazoo

Jeff, with your business connection you should try straight razor shaving. Sounds like you have all the polishing equipment you'd need to quickly polish up some vintage straights and cheap access to diamond and Cromium Oxide pastes for touching up the edges :biggrin:

mparker762
07-29-2008, 05:35 PM
Sorry I am new to B&B and I donít mean to offend anyone, but I have to ask,,, why in the world do you want to use chrome oxide? It is notorious for staining everything in sight green and it is difficult of wash off. Think of the 'wicked witch if the west' green.

0.5 micron chrome oxide leaves a nicer edge than 0.5 micron diamond and is generally cheaper and more readily available. It won't stain the steel though it will stain the strop, but nobody really cares if one side of their strop is green.

Chrome oxide has a long association with razors - there are stories of old-timers stropping their razors on boards that had been painted with green paint, which at one time used chrome oxide as the pigmenting agent.

For the OP, Harbor Freight also carries it in the green crayon form (http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=96778).

PedroNavaja
07-29-2008, 06:02 PM
You can get chromium oxide from Chris!, just PM him

stobes21
07-31-2008, 11:44 AM
I ordered the chromium oxide from Chris, and it arrived in 2 or 3 days. He included instructions on how to apply it to various media and how to use it. I made my paddle strop from a piece of 4" x 18" balsa mounted on oak, so it's no small bugger. Though the packet from chris looks quite small, there is more than enough there to paste a strop the size of mine 3 or 4 times over. I can't imagine ever needing to go through a full size tub of the stuff, unless I were making pasted strops and selling them/giving them away. A little bit goes a LONG way.

I definitely recommend going through Chris if you need this stuff.

backpackerx
07-31-2008, 11:55 AM
Stobes21, One thing I learned about balsa strops from reading here is that you should lap them like a natural stone. I didn't at first, forgetting, and definitely saw where the metal powder residue was uneven after several passes. You can flatten balsa with a completely flat surface and some fine grit sand paper.

stobes21
07-31-2008, 07:42 PM
Stobes21, One thing I learned about balsa strops from reading here is that you should lap them like a natural stone. I didn't at first, forgetting, and definitely saw where the metal powder residue was uneven after several passes. You can flatten balsa with a completely flat surface and some fine grit sand paper.

I actually lapped it with sandpaper wrapped around small (3") square mirrors I bought at the craft store where I bought the balsa. I hope that is enough. I suppose I will find out soon enough. I bought enough materials to make a second strop, and if I decide I like this one I will go ahead and make a how-to on making a balsa paddle strop with pictures and what not.

backpackerx
07-31-2008, 08:21 PM
That tutorial would be great. My first attempt was Uuuuuugly. Even after lapping mine it still isn't the greatest so I should make another and spend more time on it this time.

PedroNavaja
08-01-2008, 02:53 AM
Here's a good thread on building pasted strops

Pasted strops (http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=40099)

jinenjo
04-14-2009, 08:12 PM
If it wasn't already said above, HandAmerican (http://www.japaneseknifesharpeningstore.com/SearchResults.asp) has it, and happens to currently be having a "Tax Day" sale on Chromium Oxide.

Hemlock
04-16-2009, 08:07 PM
I bought some from Lowes. I have been trying to get info from both Lowes and Harbour Freight about what abrasive and the size of the abrasive particulate in their various polishing/cleaning compounds. So far all I can get is the MSDS, which is no help at all. If I ever get real info I'll post it here...

just1nsturm
04-17-2009, 05:18 PM
I just came from Lowes, I could not find it anywhere. I wanna apply it to my dremel as a polish, but all I could find was the Dremel Polishing Compound (421). Does anyone know how well the Dremel compound works?