I have a really dull knife that I have never sharpened, can I simply strop to make it razor sharp?

Stropping is not a replacement for good sharpening habits.  A dull knife’s edge will likely have dents and/or micro-chips, that will be impossible to “strop away”, and can even damage your strop.  Before stropping, it is essential that you remove obvious burrs, dents, and chips, from your knife’s edge, to avoid scratching or cutting your leather.

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