I know some people are serious about their "stroping" and I have NEVER used a leather strop. I have used a taut piece of canvas, a strip 6" wide stretched tight on an open frame, but more often I enlist a piece of flat corrugated card board misted with light oil (typically ATF) and salted (from a repurposed salt shaker) filled with Fine alumina powder. As the purpose to me is to smooth the transition angle between the "micro-bevel" and edge-angle, and the angle between the edge angle and the basic grind of the blade as well as break any "wire edge" formed typically not as much an issue with harder blade steels. it seems to work for me (atleast with 6Cr13Mo and VG1, I don't currently own anything better, but I do have D2 & AUS8 blades in transit(ordered and shipped)) The oiled cardboard an be disposed of easily enough by simply tossing it into my coal stove. I also have a few ceramic blades I've never sharpened, any suggestions what I will I need to sharpen those when I use them enough that re-sharpening becomes necessary? I pretty much doubt my Arkansas Stones (silica) or Alumina will be much use... and my Silicon carbide is too coarse. Diamond hones? If I know how to sharpen them I'd likely be more inclined to use them.