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    Hi,

    I've been wet shaving for more than a year and i'm desperate because i can't keep my razors giving me smooth shaves. After receiving my last shave ready razor i got wonderful shave, next other shaves it was pulling as hell. The problem is my stropping for sure, it did this with all the razors i bought.

    So, having the problem in mind, i decided to concentrate my effort on only one razor and i looked at my technique, tryed to improve it. By now, i feel i should get better result with stropping since i have decent speed and dexterity with the razors. But its not the case.

    So i red posts in forum trying to find answers. After getting a clue this way, i found out my stop was curly at some place. My blade is not sticking to it all the way. Since it's a 3" dovo i did'nt had to do X-strike, i was just going straight. So i changed my technique doing x-strike but my strop is so much nicked on the edges, im afraid to damage my blade. I also repaired my strop several times with sanding papers, spending hours to get the original texture.

    So by now, i still dont have good result with stropping. I want to buy a new strop, 2" wide with linen side: the real thing. And i want to learn to strop the good way, the hard way. My question is: could someone recommand me what could be a good purchase for my second strop? Something not fancy, that has an average learning curve and that could easily be good for life.

    My razors are all about the same: 5/8 round point or smaller.

    Thanks you.

    JP

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    JP,

    If I were you, I would consider sticking with the 3" width leather and fabric strop. That's still the real thing, only less traditional.

    As for suggetions on strops, consider purchasing a Straight Razor Designs 3" Bridal leather strop. Many SRP members praise it as a real winner.
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    I'm sorry i forgot to mention my strop is a 3" Dovo Russian type leather without a canvas side.

    Thanks for the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhenry View Post
    If I were you, I would consider sticking with the 3" width leather and fabric strop. That's still the real thing, only less traditional.

    As for suggetions on strops, consider purchasing a Straight Razor Designs 3" Bridal leather strop. Many SRP members praise it as a real winner.
    +1 to what jhenry said. Or you might consider the SRD 3" Latigo. I have it and it's great. I've got a 6/8 Dovo Special that I had to shave with every day for about 2 weeks and had no degradation in edge quality.

    Regardless of which way you go, I do think you'll experience some benefit by adding a fabric strop, whether linen, canvas or synthetic webbing.
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