Balsa has proven to be an excellent material for stropping knives. The combination of the smooth, porous surface with the slight pliability makes it a perfect choice as honing accessory. The surface is just rigid enough that it makes easy work of straightening out a rolled edge. The porous surface means that it accepts and holds stropping compounds well. Choose any of our diamond pastes, emulsions, or sprays to go with your balsa strops.