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Thread: Strop type after using tape, paddle or hanging, or it does not matter?

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    Default Strop type after using tape, paddle or hanging, or it does not matter?

    I am not currently using tape and use a paddle strop with paste after a hone, then going to a hanging strop for every day use.

    My Question: If I choose to use tape in the future, and I probably will with a new razor, does the paddle have enough give to get to the edge with paste, or do I need to use hanging strop due to the slightly different angle without the tape? Maybe leave the tape on for the paste, then remove for daily use?

    I can imagine that if tape was used to hone, and then one used a balsa strop, the edge might not make contact. That might also just be academic in that case as well.

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    I use a pasted paddle strop right after the hones, and leave on the tape. I don't think that it makes much difference, but I like consistency!
    When I finish with the pasted strop, I finish the razor with a plain hanging strop after removing the tape. You don't need to tape the spine for daily stropping.

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    yeh I leave the tape on after honing when I use my pasted "Balsa" Paddle strop, then remove tape & move to my Big Daddy hanging strop with felt then English Bridle

    after shave test I only use my Scrupleworks natural linen & Vegi tanned Horse or Roo when traveling hangers

    now if I used a paddle with leather faces or a bit of flex I would remove the tape personally as the flex should reach the edge right
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    I never use tape with a strop no matter the type. After the hones the tape comes off and that's that.
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    Yes, the strop will flex enough to polish the whole bevel to the edge. But it does not matter, you can strop with or without tape and it makes no difference.

    When honing, I routinely stop between stones, to clean the edge, without removing tape and then strop without tape when finished honing, on pasted strops and plain leather.

    Either way works, just make sure you have not burned through your tape and are smearing glue on your strop.

    WD40 will remove any tape residue from your blade, just spray a shot on a paper towel and wipe.

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    I'm going to go out on a limb here and say something controversial. Stropping is overrated. If you shave, you need to strop. I do too. BUT, all of these extensive stopping scenarios is a waste at best and detrimental at worst. A well honed razor has an edge so thin that a few passes is enough to straighten it. Ten is enough, twenty if you are justifying the purchase of the strop. The curve of the strop negates the need for tape. A very light touch and ten to twenty laps is plenty. But if more laps works, go for it.

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    If you hone with tape then go to paste with tape on. Take tape off and strop linen/leather.

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    If you strop on a single sheet of 20lb, garden variety copy paper, as in finishing on 1um lapping film, the paper will flex enough, so that only the leading one third of the bevel, will touch the film and convex the edge.

    So if a single sheet of paper will flex that much, any leather or balsa strop will flex even more and convex or at least touch the whole bevel.

    There is no need to leave tape on the spine to strop on paste.

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    Euclid, you and some others here could be, ARE strop and Hone Masters, I much enjoy your helping new guys, you must have been a teacher in another life..

    Stropping school tutorial would do the trick. /Keep calm and STROP On..

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    i never use tape when stropping even when i was using tape while honing .
    i think leather being a more flexible medium than a stone does not require the angle adjustment that tape gives for that very reasom

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