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    Default Why do they recommend using the Strop after shaving and before shaving?

    I understand one or the other but I don't understand why it makes sense to do both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Augustagj View Post
    I understand one or the other but I don't understand why it makes sense to do both.
    Before shaving gets the edge ready. After shaving, usually fewer laps than before shaving, cleans the edge of soap, water, etc. for clean storage.
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    I never considered this as a cleaning process. Thank you.

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    Nah, you will have many weigh in to say that they do not strop right after shaving because the edge needs to settle, or some such thing. Whether or not that's the case, if thou clean the blade with water after shaving, and dry it well, you can just strop again some time before you shave - the night before, right before, it doesn't matter.

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    I've read numerous articles and posts on this subject - strop before and after, or just before. A couple of posts, and the thread is probably on here somewhere, spoke of letting the edge "rest" and NOT stropping after the shave. It seems to make sense, maybe some of the veterans could chime in.

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    I do about 5 laps after just to be sure the bevel/edge is dry

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    Yup.. Do 15-20 laps on the strop after shaving.....just to get that edge cleaned up,before I put it away.
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    Hi Ecormier: Have you ever heard of "Letting the Edge Rest"? Some guys I've read insist on it.

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    The notion of stropping to be sure the edge is dry makes some sense to me . . . but what about the rest of the blade?

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    Air dry, or toilet paper between scales, or hair dryer.. it's what you like..

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