For more information on buffing compound, see our beginner site Common Woodworking.
Trouble finding good buffing compound?
We use chromium oxide for buffing out our steel cutting edges and removing the scratches from the bevels and flat faces of tools. It’s not rocket science. Chromium oxide abrasives suspended in a suitable compound are readily applied to leather strops for polishing the bevels of chisels and plane irons alike.
My five year stick ran down to a 1/2″ nub and I ordered some online that is great and unlike other compounds that are too powdery to apply to strops for hand stropping, this one works perfectly because it is the waxy type and applies exceptionally well to the types of leather strops we woodworkers use. It also applies well to buffing mops for mechanical application if prefer. I use this type on wood for polishing out flat faces too. The bars are really monster bars and one bar should last me twenty years so i might last you nearer 80 if you don’t run a woodworking school as I do. The producer/distributor for the UK is Silverline and the best place to buy is of course eBay. Shop around a little. I got mine for £5.25 including free shipping and delivery was next day for me.