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    im sorta a newbie….ive been sr shaving for half a year or so… and i got a good strop technique going on, but i dont put any pressure at all, and i get my blade sharp. but i saw in videos that their strop bends a bit, and mine doesn't at all, meaning they're putting a lot more pressure than i am. how much pressure do i put?

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    They're not necessarily putting more pressure...they may just have there strop less taut. However the weight of the razor and a fairly taut strop are the safest way to go, to avoid dulling the razor.

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    If you're keeping your blade sharp, then keep doing what you're doing. Variable tension in hanging strops is why a lot of guys recommend paddles (which don't give at all).

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    Another thing about the videos, those are usually made by experienced people who can put "all" the pressure on the spine and (almost) none on the edge.
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    A known strop maker had been experimenting with considerable pressure, and results were promising - at least for heavy wedges. I haven't heard much about it for a while though.

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    Which is what I use most of the time!
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    If you're keeping your blade sharp, then keep doing what you're doing. Variable tension in hanging strops is why a lot of guys recommend paddles (which don't give at all).

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    I have two words for you: bench strop

    There is nothing like a 3" x 12" piece of leather (properly prepared, of course) sitting on top of an appropriately-sized 2x4, for stropping a razor. No more worries about "Am I holding the strop taut enough?", or "Am I applying too much (too little) pressure?", or "Does this make my @$$ look big?" Nope, with a bench strop it's easy-peasy (and the same is true for pasted strops, whether felt or leather).

    As a test, just lay your hanging strop down on the edge of a table, and see how easy it is (and how much better the results).
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    As a heavy handed person as far as pressure goes and limited space for a bench strop in my bathroom I have devised the following:

    Took my hanging strop, cut a piece of 1/4" fiber board the width of the strop by about three inches shorter than the length and placed it between the leather and the line. It's held by a Velcro strap top and bottom. A hanging bench strop. I have concentrated on pressure and now have a whisper like touch on the strop and razor.
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    Generally very light to no pressure is advised. But we all do things a little bit different and if you find that your method works well I won't tell you to stop doing it. You could experiment with different amounts of pressure to find out what works best for you.

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