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    This may be a stupid question, sorry to waste your attention if it is, but...

    Is there anything particularly advantageous with regard to shaving right after you strop?
    What if I would say prep the razor with stropping the night before to shave with in the morning?
    I only ask because a few videos I've watched specifically mention stropping prior to shave as if to imply right before.
    Is there a temperature aspect that the blade warms up some from the laps and to let it cool down overnight would be a worsened shave?

    Thanks in advance, sorry again if this is ridiculous to ask just want to cover all the bases.

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    I think most people strop their razor immediately before shaving with it. I strop mine the night before and can't see it being a problem.

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    I strop just before the shave, helps 'align' the blade for the shave, (or so I've been told).
    Quite often I'll do another 20 laps or so immediately after the shave as well, but that's mainly to clean up the blade edge for storage.
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    I think it becomes part of the shave process. Lots of people strop after applying shave cream to their face. This time is used to let the cream soften the beard so you make use of this time.
    I think about your question like this: All the pros who have honed my razors included a note that the razor is shave ready and not to strop it. The razors have all been in the mail for days and more days may pass before I use the razor. One night is nothing compared to this.
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    I think it is a pretty good question.
    Now...I've done it both ways plus some more. My pathology is that I 'believe' that if I let a razor sits after it has received a post shave stropping...say for several weeks....I usually feel like the blade needs to take a few laps on the SG 20K before stropping again. This is irrational but I think it has something to do with how much I enjoy using the finish hone. It is probably making my razors disappear faster.
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    Good call. I'd like to syrup in the morning but I get up a quarter to 5 already can't spare much more time in the mornings, maybe when I'm more proficient andcan knock it off in like a minute and a half or 2.
    Thanks for the feedback guys.
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    Well I do not get up that early but like to lounge in the mornings, so I strop and shave just before bed. Aside from my morning management it means I can crawl into bed squeaky clean.
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    I strop before and after I shave. I'm retired and have as much or as little time I want. Turned 66 today.:
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    Like Shaun, I too am a night shaver. But always strop before the shave while the lather soaks in to my face.
    Just for the routine, not because I think 12 hours either way can affect anything.
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