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    Quote Originally Posted by roughkype View Post
    Quick caveat: We recommend that new shavers not strop before their first shave, since their stropping skills might not be up to par and they'll damage the edge. Hence, they won't experience the edge as it should be. Many pro honers also recommend no stropping before shaving from their edge, for the same reason.
    Thanks for the suggestion! I actually taught classes on blade maintenance for ages 10-21 for a few years (not razors however), I doubt stropping is too different as I've already seen several instruction videos (my favorite were the ones off this site on YouTube) and I'm sure I'll pick up on it without too much of a struggle. If anything I would probably excel more in honing than stropping because I taught the same technique!

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    I made this suggestion to another guy last week--send a PM to our member unit (that's his screen name, unit). He's a long-time and very accomplished knife honer who has recently taken up razors as well. Not all knife honing skills translate. He probably knows better than most of us which ones do and don't. Many razor honers (myself included) don't have experience on knives, so we can't really speak to them. Occasionally we read a tale of Major Woe from someone who took their nice blade to a professional knife honer and got it ruined.

    I hope this doesn't sound patronizing. I'm just erring on the side of caution, since those tales of Major Woe are always so Majorly Woeful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roughkype View Post
    I made this suggestion to another guy last week--send a PM to our member unit (that's his screen name, unit). He's a long-time and very accomplished knife honer who has recently taken up razors as well. Not all knife honing skills translate. He probably knows better than most of us which ones do and don't. Many razor honers (myself included) don't have experience on knives, so we can't really speak to them. Occasionally we read a tale of Major Woe from someone who took their nice blade to a professional knife honer and got it ruined.

    I hope this doesn't sound patronizing. I'm just erring on the side of caution, since those tales of Major Woe are always so Majorly Woeful.
    No I appreciate the heads up! Thank you!

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