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    Default Going from Paddle to Hanging

    I have a TI 3" paddle strop and I purchased a Tony Miller honey brown 2 1/2" hanging with starter. Any body have any recommendations on the switch-over or how easy/hard the transition will be?

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    The technique will be different and you have to be careful and start off with slow strokes, to avoid nicking the living **** out of the strop. Speed will come naturally, with time, without you even noticing it until you reach the moment of epiphany.

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    <<< without you even noticing it until you reach the moment of epiphany. >>>

    And you will also find that right after you reach that moment of epiphany, and without even noticing, you will take a nice divot right out of your strop. <g>

    Practice simply makes you,.... well, more experienced at making the same mistakes


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Miller View Post

    And you will also find that right after you reach that moment of epiphany, and without even noticing, you will take a nice divot right out of your strop. <g>



    Tony
    How true

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    That's why God created pumice, leather cleaners and strop dressing

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    I find the hardest transition is in keeping the strop flat. A paddle does this effortlessly, and a hanging strop simply . . . doesn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Miller View Post
    Practice simply makes you,.... well, more experienced at making the same mistakes

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    Some truth in that, for sure.

    I made the same transition a few months ago, and prefer the hanging strop now.

    It's probably not a bad idea to practice stropping an old smooth butter knife or something like that while you're working on tension and stroke. I was prone to marking mine a little at the handle end.

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    Unless you glue it to a 2x4. Or maybe starch it.

    (proudly thinking outside the box)

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    I should think the first difference you'lll notice is the grip. I like a soft hold on my paddle so it expresses a little give. With the hanging strop a firm taut grip will supply even more give than I can manage with the gentlest paddle grip.

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    X, Interesting observation about the paddles. Some guys like them firmly on a table top like a bench hone so they cannot move. I typically use a padle either seated with it lying across my thigh or standing with one end resting on something in both cases giving it a little "give" or "float". It seems to feel more natural that way as it even out any uneveness in my technique.

    What they are not designed for that some newbies forget is sticking straight out by the handle like a sword.

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