Herb's Yellowstone???

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Bri in Chi, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. Bri in Chi

    Bri in Chi

    May 28, 2003
    Surfing around the forums, I just ran into some references to Herb's Yellowstone stropping compound. Anyone heard of this stuff? Anyone ever tried it? :confused:
     
  2. Yvsa

    Yvsa

    May 18, 1999
    Brian, seems that I've heard about it before, may have even seen the website. I've never used it. Got a Linky?

    After using a 120 grit belt and the buffers on my Grizzly equipement and getting a knife so sharp that it cuts without feeling it and with a nice smooth edge I'm pretty happy with what I've got.:D ;)
    Speaking of the bloodthirsty choppin sumbeetch of course.;)
     
  3. arty

    arty

    Oct 18, 2003
    I haven't used it, but they sell it at Woodcraft and a number of tool places that carry carving tools.

    I have used green compound - the chromium oxide bar that is available from Lee Valley. It works great, but I have had allergic reactions to the stuff.

    I switched to Clover compound with 1200 grit abrasives.

    I generally just use a good leather strop after an Arkansas stone. I don't always need a stroping compound - it depends on how sharp I want to get a knife.
     
  4. Bri in Chi

    Bri in Chi

    May 28, 2003
     
  5. Yvsa

    Yvsa

    May 18, 1999
    Sure does, can't get any really valid links on Google even! :eek:
     
  6. Jebadiah_Smith

    Jebadiah_Smith

    878
    Jul 28, 2004
    Dan might know. A while back he mentioned someone had compiled a huge list of sharpening compounds. That might have been someone named Herb.
     
  7. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Correct, Jeb. I have some and have used it. It is a super fine polishing compound, meant for putting on a final hone. I'll try to dig it up - admittedly, I don't use it as much as I could.
     
  8. Jebadiah_Smith

    Jebadiah_Smith

    878
    Jul 28, 2004
    Whats in the stuff? Is it homemade, or just hard to find?
     
  9. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Here ya go.....found it. ;)


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    Since I had mentioned having more than just the regular compounds hangin' around I figured I would post a pic of a few. You'll just never understand how much research Warren did....it was phenomenal. We had enough information to fill a spreadsheet. Couldn't take it all in at once....I begged Warren to organize, but he just never found the time. Hope to get him back here someday.

    Anyway......from the pic:



    1 - 1200 grit Silicon Carbide powder

    2 - Yellowstone compound - hard and "peach" in color.

    3 - Pure Chromium compound paste

    4 - A "Warren Strop" - super handy. Don't know what you're missing...really!
     
  10. Yvsa

    Yvsa

    May 18, 1999
    That strop looks almost the exact same as the ones I made.:D

    Edit:
    Oh Look! I have another Peyote button, only a mutated one this time!:D
     
  11. Bri in Chi

    Bri in Chi

    May 28, 2003
    Wow, you guys are good! Thanks. I have some green Chrome Oxide powder from Hand American and it works fine. They also sell it suspended in a solvent for impregnating leather strops, which works very well. For years I have used Simichrome paste too. Also Fliz and Metalglo. All are fine metal polishes hard enough to polish chromium plating.

    Gunsmith trick:
    If you have some Semichrome laying around, go over the bluing on a gun with a little dab of it on a rag, and see what comes off. Red rust. The bluing is left much bluer without the red layer on top dulling the color. Works on stainless too.
     
  12. Jebadiah_Smith

    Jebadiah_Smith

    878
    Jul 28, 2004
    Dan, what's the absolute finest compound you have heard of?
     
  13. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Pink no-scratch = 10,000 grit
     

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