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    A recommendation in a Revisor flyer caught my eye.

    “Only eventually! When stropping our 8/8 razors, make sure to lift the spine of the razor approx.., 1-2mm above the strop. This will be sure that you’ll maintain maximum sharpness despite the width of the blade.”
    Is this good advice?

    I'm not experienced enough to do something like this plus biggest I got is 6/8. Har!!
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    Hmmmmm

    Yes but No

    When stropping the really large or really heavy grind razors if you give a tiny bit more slack it will accomplish the exact same thing safely and without trying to hold the spine off the strop

    Experiment with the amount of "Tautness" to get the best edge
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    How do you keep the spine steady 1-2 mm above the strop? I think it's safer to not keep the strop to "tight" (I hope it's the correct word) when stropping big blades, to get good contact with the spine.
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    If there is anyone that can do this I want to see it in slow motion under high speed camera frame by frame!!!!!

    I agree with letting the strop droop just a tad.
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    Some advice is better left unwritten :<0) Someone should revise that flyer.
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    Let me put it this way. The people who wrote that flyer are the same people who made their razors. Chances are that, after decades of making razors, they just may know ever so slightly better what they are talking about than the casual user.
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    Well, since the people who sell those razors are members of this forum it would be nice if they would address how this is to be accomplished.

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    Some of the worst advice relating to razor use and brush use and strop use have come from instructions included with these items written by the manufacturers.

    I think in most cases the motivation concerns limiting damage and returns and unhappy customers.
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    Default Revisor stropping recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by RobinK View Post
    Let me put it this way. The people who wrote that flyer are the same people who made their razors. Chances are that, after decades of making razors, they just may know ever so slightly better what they are talking about than the casual user.
    While I agree. I think that they didn't really think of the skill set of the people using those razors. It's easy when you are making razors x hours per day to dial a couple of mm in. No hope for me thou.
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    I think in most cases the motivation concerns limiting damage and returns and unhappy customers.

    I think In this case it would do the opposite. People will screw it up, damage the edge and be unhappy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gssixgun View Post
    Hmmmmm

    Yes but No

    When stropping the really large or really heavy grind razors if you give a tiny bit more slack it will accomplish the exact same thing safely and without trying to hold the spine off the strop

    Experiment with the amount of "Tautness" to get the best edge
    After almost three years I am finally getting this part and my razor are finally lasting longer. From a heavy handed slow learner. Har!!

    My lack of expertise is what prompted question. I would have destroyed so many razors trying to do the spine lift.

    Spine lift would be journey level stropping but why take the chance when tautness is so much easier to accomplish. I found the hard way that less tautness does less damage than too much tautness. I have damage razors and strops getting to this point. Har! Love it.

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