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    This item is listed on a Dutch auction site as brass razor strop.

    What do you guys think?

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    Interesting, brass is quite a bit softer than steel. Might work well somewhere in the progression. Straight after the hones maybe?
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    Sort of reminds me of a metal horse scraper for removing excess water after washing a horse or sweat.

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    You would think it would have to be extremely flat to work well. I guess if you wanted more draw you could just let it tarnish a little. Lol.
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    Never heard of such a thing, nor read of a brass strop in the old barber's manuals .......
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    Won't brass smear onto hard metal? I seem to remember seeing an example of this somewhere.
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    It is possible, there is no doubt that an abrasive could be burnished into the brass or tin for that matter.
    As for being flat I still think a flat firm strop is the way to go like the paddle strops.
    You all know the strop has to be held tight.
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    Maybe a strop for some rough tool like a hatchet or something. I would let any of my razors touch that thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobH View Post
    Sort of reminds me of a metal horse scraper for removing excess water after washing a horse or sweat.

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    That is exactly what it is. These were very common for scraping down pit ponies that worked the mines, cavalry horses, etc. It has just been misidentified by the seller. Here is a British military model:

    Vintage Antique Military Brass Horse sweat Scraper | eBay
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    Quote Originally Posted by sqzbxr View Post
    That is exactly what it is. These were very common for scraping down pit ponies that worked the mines, cavalry horses, etc. It has just been misidentified by the seller. Here is a British military model:

    Vintage Antique Military Brass Horse sweat Scraper | eBay
    Thanks for confirming that. Thought it looked like an antique version of the one we used on our horses when I was a kid. It was stainless instead of brass and had plastic handles IIRC.

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