Lately I have been stropping all my knives because I think that it makes them much sharper than the traditional method. Using a leather strop can’t replace a sharpening stone, but it is good to use after you have your knife somewhat sharp. This method originated when barbers were still using straight razors. When shaving your beard about half way through, the razor would start to dull. They would get a leather belt and run the knife blade up and down as if they were using a sharpening stone. Here are some pictures!