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    Hey Guys.

    So, I have been having this problem since I started stropping. I'm only about 5 shaves in, so not a lot of stropping has gone on. But, whenever I do strop, I am having a really hard time keeping the scales from moving around. I hold the razor with my index finger in the top of the tang, my thumb on the bottom, and the rest of my fingers wrapped around the scales. I just can't keep them from moving!!! I have tried many different grips and nothing helps. Am I holding it wrong? Are my pins too loose? If so how do I fix that? Any suggestions??

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    This is a head-scratcher...a gymnast with a weak grip? Can you post a quick vid on your grip?
    I kind of "brace" the scales against the insides of my fingers at the knuckles (palm side).
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    Not now... Rolled the edge while stropping horribly..Its not as easy as it looks. And it doesn't even look that easy.. Send it off to Roy(cudarunner) to get it re-honed. And I don't think it is a tightness of a grip, just a wrong grip.
    As soon as I get my razor back Ill post a vid, but I probably could post a vid of my grip with a butter knife. IDK if that will help or not...
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    I wish I had a camera capable of up/downloading to my computer...oh well, more $$$ spent from my pension!
    Take a pen/pencil. Hold it against the 2nd set of knuckles (palm side). Close your fingers around the pen/pencil, kind of like a karate-chop position.
    That's how I position the scales against my hand.
    Where are your lead finger and thumb in relation to the blade's heel?

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    Ok just did that. Want a Picture?

    And also my Index and Thumb are probably an 1/8 of an inch away from the heel.
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    Yeah, pics are good, please!
    1/8" away? It really shouldn't let the scales move.

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    Thats what I don't get. I honestly think the scales are loose or something... How would I go about fixing that?

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    2 different shots of the same grip.


    Sorry, pics arent great. Dad's phone takes much better images.
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    PM Roy and ask for his opinion on pin tightness. It is possible they are loose.
    Your grip looks OK to me -- tighten up your grip a little and keep your fingers closer together, but I realize you're not holding a razor. Anyway, your pic is very close to how I grip my blade whilst stropping.

    Afterthought:
    The only pin that would create your trouble would be the main hinge pin.
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    I think I will do that. And I'm glad it isn't my grip that is the problem!

    Thanks maple!

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    I didn't say that your grip is NOT the problem -- it could still very well be. I just really don't see how a loose hinge pin is causing your problem. Like I said, a real head-scratcher!
    I'll look into getting a camera for my computer this weekend. If you're friends w/Glen (gssixgun), PM him for a photo of his grip. After all, he IS one of the true experts here.
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