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    Quote Originally Posted by MRutter8671 View Post
    So I've followed this post as want to improve my stropping and I've been reading other posts about technique also, I still consider myself a total beginner (I've hit the 6 month mark of shaving straight) and I'm a little unsure of what you mean by "draw" and how I can recognise what is a heavy draw and what isn't and the effects it has. If anyone could help me out to further my knowledge I'd. Ugh appreciate it.

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    Hello, so draw is referred to as the resistance of the strop material, usually the leather side. I have a Latigo strop which has a heavy draw, does not affect the edge in anyway. There are other leathers that are faster or less draw. These also do not affect the edge in anyway. Technique is key. Keep the spine buried, and enough pressure to keep the blade in contact with your strop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MRutter8671 View Post
    So I've followed this post as want to improve my stropping and I've been reading other posts about technique also, I still consider myself a total beginner (I've hit the 6 month mark of shaving straight) and I'm a little unsure of what you mean by "draw" and how I can recognise what is a heavy draw and what isn't and the effects it has. If anyone could help me out to further my knowledge I'd. Ugh appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance.

    Mark.
    Best I could advise in words is keep the strop taught, strop the razor on it lightly, deliberately, and often.
    Take care in doing so. Enough reps and losing count. Do some more and it is stropped!
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    Mark,

    Draw is the amount of resistance on the blade as you strop the razor across it so when someone says a strop has heavy draw they are referring to the blade sort of sticking to the leather but understand all of this is affected by pressure you apply, how wide the strop is , how taunt you hold the strop and whether you pre warm the leather by rubbing it, I personally don't care for a strop with heavy draw and if it is heavy it does not mean it's doing a better job, for example using a Cordovan strop is considered by some to be the best stropping leather but it has almost no draw almost glassy if you will call it and then there is Latigo which is in my opinion very heavy or muddy and I don't care for it at all, some strop lots of laps and some like me do very few, I personally don't think doing 200 laps on leather is going to make an edge any better than doing 50 but this in my opinion and I have no scientific proof to back this up, but then I don't use linen much anymore either except when I come off the hone but I will do about 10 laps on the post shave just to dry the blade before hitting the leather.
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    I would like to re iterate that the heavy draw strop does not and will not damage an edge, as long as there is the use of proper technique of course. However I have found if you have a wire edge or foil edge or false the heavy draw (which does pull harder on the steel than a fast strop) really does a fantastic job at proving any weakness the razors edge may have from honing. The strop has turned out to be a very useful tool in proving my razors after honing for the beloved close and comfortable shave I am looking for.

    Also with a heavy draw like my strop it did take me time to learn how to use best, for me the faster draw strops I have are way easier to use. Just thought to put that out there.
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