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    Noooooooooooooo

    Again, I need to vent....

    This morning I was doing the shaving thing and then...I nicked my strop .
    It is just a little nick towards the end, but this tiny little piece of leather has me in distress....
    - My ego is hurt and confidence shaken. If I can't even move a blade, dull side first over an inanimate piece of leather....should I really be moving it sharp side first over my throat/face?
    - How will I ever show my strop off (a real piece of art with tons of character)? Everybody will judge me! I will never be able to show my face in public.
    - Furthermore, there is now a discoloured spot on my strop which will haunt me for the rest of my life (or until I get a new strop, whichever comes first)

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    P.S. Do yo think that putting a dab of oil on the cut portion will darken it?

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    No need to worry. Most people nick their strop (even the experienced guys). Consider it a right of passage and just be more careful and deliberate. Think of it as adding character to the leather.

    As far as the oil (I'm assuming you're talking about a strop safe oil), it might help but blend it in but it may also just highlight the character .

    If you really feel bad you could always buy another stop.

    Don't be discouraged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keiji View Post
    Noooooooooooooo

    Again, I need to vent....

    This morning I was doing the shaving thing and then...I nicked my strop .
    It is just a little nick towards the end, but this tiny little piece of leather has me in distress....
    - My ego is hurt and confidence shaken. If I can't even move a blade, dull side first over an inanimate piece of leather....should I really be moving it sharp side first over my throat/face?
    - How will I ever show my strop off (a real piece of art with tons of character)? Everybody will judge me! I will never be able to show my face in public.
    - Furthermore, there is now a discoloured spot on my strop which will haunt me for the rest of my life (or until I get a new strop, whichever comes first)

    C

    P.S. Do yo think that putting a dab of oil on the cut portion will darken it?
    Man don't go out and buy a white horse cause your not the Lone Ranger. Quit beating yourself up and Get over it and start being as careful on your strop as you are on the face.

    You know there is a thread where you can show your face. here it is
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    Quote Originally Posted by paco View Post
    Man don't go out and buy a white horse cause your not the Lone Ranger.
    I havn't heard that expression before. Could you explain it?

    Quote Originally Posted by paco View Post
    Quit beating yourself up and Get over it and start being as careful on your strop as you are on the face.
    Maybe even more so ...my strop doesn't heal itself.



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    everybody here, and I mean everybody, has nicked their strop. Just keep on shaving and you'll be fine

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    Everytime I feel confident enough to think that I am doing everything right, I nick my strop. Don't feel bad. Keeps you cautious I think.

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    Hey, life happens. Either repair it if possible, or buy another strop. I promise, you will live through it...

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    I have a number of old strops and they all have "character" if ya know what I mean. Dont sweat it. Like a good golfer just replace the divot and play on.
    It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled. Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdunn View Post
    everybody here, and I mean everybody, has nicked their strop. Just keep on shaving and you'll be fine
    Guilty as charged. I bought a new one and used a pumice stone to even out the one I nicked. Good as new. Well.. almost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdunn View Post
    everybody here, and I mean everybody, has nicked their strop. Just keep on shaving and you'll be fine
    Not guilty! I bought a vintage one that came with damage, and I just KNOW if I ever buy a new one I'll slice it.

    Don't sweat it though, you're taking the sharpest bit of metal you own and running it up and down leather, which isn't the toughest material you own. It's an inevitability.

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