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    Ive gotten all 3 types they sell but im enterested 8n other peoples take on the poly and the cotton strops. Ive tried them both a lot and the only difference i find is the cotton is quieter. Ploy being more zippy.
    So has anyone else noticed one working better than the other or any other differences?
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    They all do the same thing just like different leathers, it's all personal preference, I only use real flax linen because it's what I like, but if it cleans your edge while aligning it's doing the job. Tc
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    I've found the SRD poly to be more effective than other secondaries. The polyester that Sharptonn uses on his boar strops seems even more effective than the SRD poly. Does anyone know what type of poly SRD is using?
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    I don't think the poly clean's the micro gunk off the edge after a shave very well. Think about it, poly doesn't have pores or fibers like the natural materials like cotton/flax. Personal preference in the end I guess...
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    I agree with TC on this one; each secondary strop material works equally well from my perspective, and I cannot discern a difference between SRD cotton, poly, and pressed wool excepting their feel and sound.
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    I like the thought that the cotton might clean micro-ly better. Ill have to look into this flax linen. Not that im in need of another strop but...
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    I find Hemp, linen, and poly to have abrasive qualities that are missing in cotton. Hemp and linen fibers are known to have a higher silicon content than cotton. When I first tried poly I was all set to hate it, but I figured I would keep an open mind. Now I really like it, though I use far fewer laps than with hemp or linen as it is far more effective IME.
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    I've found them all to do the same thing too. I prefer the flax just for tradition and feel but I've used the poly and canvas and the end result is a wash with them all.
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    Being serious for a moment, I have most of the common materials, and prefer the nubbier fabrics. The poly seems too "zippy" for my taste, and I do feel (with absolutely no evidence) that the rougher woven cloths "scrub and polish" the edge more than the poly. I have no high end secondary material, but my favorite strop is my newest, bought last year, and is an Heirloom Artisan Premium fast Bridle with a cotton flip side. I love it, and unlike many, I love stropping. I strop the bejesus our of my razors before shaving and give them a good stropping afterwards.
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