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    I wanted to try making a sharpening strop from Birch Polypore today, so we harvested this beast as the raw material for the project.



    and set to work carving the wooden base plate and cutting the fungus to shape











    then glued the two parts together, ok i cheated and took contact adhesive.



    trimming the top of the fungus


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    and the finished result, brings the edge back wonderfully and has the added bonus of removing all the gunk that accumilates on the blade, tannins, sap etc.




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    Thanks for the tutorial!
    I just need to find a bigger one
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    why not glue smaller examples side by side?, just a thought

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    Very cool Kepis. I wish we had some of that fungi in IA.

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    that is something new, that fungi looks appetizing,i just want to take a bite , how it feels ? when you strop on it is soft or is sturdy?
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    i would describe the feel as firm gaga, i have a video of it action that i'll post up later.

    I wouldnt want to eat this fungi though, although it not poisonous, i think my shoe leather would taste better

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    Very cool Kepis. Great review. You have alot of great knowledge of flaura, and fauna
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    That is some cool bushcraft wizardry!

    Anyone know of other fungi or resources listing fungi which could be used for sharpening? Birch isn't very common in the areas I frequent.

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    Short vid of the strop being made, mixture of stills & video

    YouTube - Fungus Strop

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