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    Hello gentlemen!
    I'm out at sea, away from razors and family, and my boredom is reaching critical status! So if you will indulge me, I have a curious topic. But where to post this I'm not sure... hones, strops, misc.?
    The topic is "The Strange and/or Rare Honing/Stropping Materials/Contraptions".
    What, where, how?
    Do you have, seen, or plan on making?
    Comments on others ideas?
    Please do share, no matter how crazy, at the very least we will have a good laugh.
    I've got some ideas but will wait to post them.
    P.S. Pics of crazy contraptions always appreciated!
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    Wish I could help, MikeT. I will keep digging. There have been posts of some crazy honing and stropping devices from days gone by here.
    If it helps, most of what I use is likely considered crazy.....I suppose that makes it rare?
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    Oh man! And there I was thinking this thread would take off like a rocket! The next popular hang out.. more replies and pics shared in a night than the workshop gets in a week.. my friend, it was a fanciful vision, fantastic even, but pure at conception. Hehehe
    Okay well, the two materials I wonder about are:
    Shark skin strop. ? Been done?
    Ivory hone. Fossilized?

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    Two things that I have stumbled upon in the wild, invoking a raised eyebrow & an "...oh?" would be:
    Kriss Kross razor sharpener. Used on DE blades; reminds me of the wall mounted pencil sharpeners back in elementary school but a tad smaller.
    Ice skate sharpener. "Sharpener" is what caught my eye in the auction house. I was then disappointed. It is a "pull-through" with two small stones, not unlike those for kitchen knives.

    Sorry, no pics at the moment. Maybe if I get time at work later...

    I seem to recall seeing one or two contraptions intended to aide the infirm strop their straight razors. Drawing a blank right now. Insomnia. G'night.
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    Picked up a seal skin strop recently. Thought that was fairly bizarre.. Unfortunately it is beyond repair.
    Got a haircut from an 80 year old barber some time back and he reckoned the best strop dressing was ear wax. By joves I think he was right...
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    I sure am glad that I searched for a video of the Kriss Kross razor sharpener! This thing is really neat!


    And here is a pic of the ice skate sharpener I pulled from the interwebz.
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    I don't even know where to start looking for the other things I saw...
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    Here is one. A crank operated strop.


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    I presume you already know this site? Razor Sharpeners and Stroppers

    Here is one I actually use, an Allegro Model E with K11 extension to accommodate the blades for the Heljestrand Simplex in the background. Meißner Tremonia soap, Thäter brush - it really does not get much better than this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobinK View Post
    I presume you already know this site? Razor Sharpeners and Stroppers

    Here is one I actually use, an Allegro Model E with K11 extension to accommodate the blades for the Heljestrand Simplex in the background. Meißner Tremonia soap, Thäter brush - it really does not get much better than this.
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    That Allegro reminds me of the Rolls Razor... minus the proprietary shaver, obviously lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crawler View Post
    That Allegro reminds me of the Rolls Razor... minus the proprietary shaver, obviously lol.
    Actually, it is a different beast entirely. Far more intricate, and it has a coars-ish, and a fine stone, as well as leather. It is fun to use, but very hard to find. Works for all blades used in lather catchers that I have tried so far, but used to be available for SE, and even DE blades. Swiss made, by the way, so, well, absolutely stunning quality.
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