Sharpening or honing removes metal from the bevel, whereas stropping burnishes and polishes. This double sided strop measures 200 x 65mm, suitable for the majority of chisels and plane irons. A bar of special honing compound is included. The design allows its use with the DMT DuoSharp base which is included. The strop only requires a minimal amount of compound. Only charge one side of the strop with compound. Work the blade on the charged side first then finish on the uncharged side. Stropping ensures the point where bevel and back meet is as smooth as possible, resulting in the sharpest of edges.