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    Hello:

    I am still a newbie, having been using a straight razor only since Christmas of 09. During the last 6 months, when I travelled, I just took my old twin blade and made do. Truth is, I'm getting so spoiled with the straights that I hate shaving with anything else.

    So, my question is, what do you guys do when you travel; what sort of strop do you take along?

    Thank you,

    Scott
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    Hey Scott,

    I just take my regular strop - keep it somewhere flat in my bag and it is fine.

    My razor(s) can go in my semi-hard shell Smiggle pencil case, along with the barber hone and styptic pencil. Brush in plastic bag and shaving cream in its tub.

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    I picked up a little Tony Miller travel stop a while back. It's about 18" if I remember correctly. Horsehide & linen, great travel companion.

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    You can use pretty much any strop for travel as long as you store it correctly... However, make sure -if it's a hanging strop- that you attach it to something SECURE. You do not want your vacation marred by a strop popping off the door handle and gashing itself on your razor (possibly ruining the razor too!)

    When thinking travel, I generally think Paddle strop. And when I think Paddle strop, I think SRD Modular Paddle. It is probably my favorite stand-alone strop for it's versatility and size. 3 inches wide (excellent) and 12 inches long, giving you more stropping surface than almost any other paddle, and the materials are fantastic.

    The paddle itself is just top quality. Very ergonomic and well balanced, but where it really shines is, obviously, the Modular-ity. It's got magnetic strips instead of materials, and metal/magnet backed materials so you can swap out anything... The strop comes with two felts (I keep one clean, and put diamond spray on the other so I had a fabric strop and a touch up strop), a Scrub leather (roughed leather... I kept it clean, a lot of people load it with Chromium Oxide for a touchup surface) and Premium I leather (light but vivid draw, velvety smooth. Love it) and a .5 micron diamond spray (go sparingly and lightly when using this. Less isn't specifically more, but more is bad :P)

    Also, you can buy other pads for it, like the Premium IV (bridle leather)

    /shameless plug

    I love this strop

    Straight Razor Designs Lynn Abrams Modular Paddle - $89.99 : Straight Razor Designs, The Finest In Gentlemens Shaving And Grooming Needs

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    Scott,

    Paddle strop for me when I travel; but then again I use paddles for all my stropping, travel or no

    Have fun !

    regards

    Russ

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    I never use my DE's anymore, so travelling is a fun excuse to break out my Merkur 11C
    (also it's insanely easy to just throw it in my dopp kit and put a few blades in my checked luggage)

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    I take my normal strop, and just make sure I keep it flat in the bag. TBH, I'm pretty tempted to get a modular paddle for travelling. That way I get all the pastes along as well...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubear View Post
    I take my normal strop, and just make sure I keep it flat in the bag. TBH, I'm pretty tempted to get a modular paddle for travelling. That way I get all the pastes along as well...!
    I may be hurting any relationship your in by saying this... But what's one more strop Even if you don't use it to travel, you'll be glad you got one...

    Strops strops strops

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    I have a small two sided wood paddle. Though it's small it does the job.
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    When I started I was traveling for work continuously it seemed. I happened upon the Hand American 12inch square sheet at woodcraft. I decided upon 2 inch wide at the time for the 1/16 inch thick leather. So it rolls up easily. Not the average concept of an ideal strop; but it works well enough that I have never made another strop since-though I had made a couple before that which were also smaller

    These days, however; for a weekend trip I wouldn't bother with a strop. I can surely get two shaves without-maybe something to try at home before venturing out. For a week take two razors. Traveling is a chance to discover new possibilities and expand your horizon, no?

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