The paste I got from ebay is oil based and works fine. Most directions for diamond paste, even the DMT stuff says to use it on harder surfaces. MDF, hard wood or even glass. My first experience with DMT diamond paste I used on glass and got my chisels really super sharp. I was planning on buying a new set because I just couldn't get them as sharp as chisels need to be. The paste saved me from buying new chisels and have provided outstanding strop compound. When I thought about using it on leather I called DMT and they said lots of people do that. They didn't have it in their documentation or videos though. That was about 3 years ago. Maybe they do now. It does work very well though. The "normal" strop compounds work good also I'm sure. I've just never used them. For a "get right now" good strop there is one on Knivesplus.com for around $20. I have one and it works real well. Probably the best deal if you want one right now without thinking about grits, leather type, etc. You also never have to charge it with compound again. Just moisten it with olive oil once in a while.
Originally Posted by Bios
Chuck and anyone else. I just started a new thread in off-topic concerning the EP and Congress Tools stones and thickness. Check it out. I think there's something to it. Someone else may have thought of it but I just thought of it. It's just way off subject for this thread.
MY CURRENT EDC
Sage4: Now with black linen (micarta) scales, stonewashed blade and bolsters
Manbug (G-10): Now has camo-desert kirinite scales, ZDP-189 blade ground to a Jester-like spine, stonewashed blade and bolsters
Fenix LD01 (single AAA flashlight) clips to Manbug FOB