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Thread: Leather/fabric strop question
09-16-2010, 10:02 PM #1
Leather/fabric strop question
I was watching vids, in the stropping wiki to become a more responsible razor steward, and wondered how many here use a fabric strop, in addition to the essential leather strop. One guy, in a vid, said they didn't use the fabric one. I have only owned a single-leather one, up til now, but plan on getting a full size quality strop at a later date.
Also: Is it also true that you go from "hone to fabric to leather", in that order?
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09-16-2010, 11:28 PM #2
Most gentlemen here strop on fabric and then leather. I usually do 25 strokes on fabric and 75 on leather.
09-17-2010, 12:00 AM #3
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09-17-2010, 12:02 AM #4
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Yep I'm pretty much with the Obie routine. I do 60 on leather.Why I'm so good with a pistol I could kill a crow on the wing. Did the crow have a pistol? Was he shooting back? I will be.
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09-17-2010, 12:10 AM #5
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The first strop I bought and still own was is a two sided affair, but the 'cloth' side is acarborundum impregnated leather strap. I used this in the early days until I found it seemed to be doing more harm than good. I've since only ever used leather. At some point I will source some heavy linen of webbing straps and make myself a 'proper' double sided strop. For now though, it's just leather for me and it seems to be doing just fine that way. I'd be trying a 'cloth' side just out of curiosity more than anything else.
09-17-2010, 12:12 AM #6
I do 50 fabric and 50 leather. I always do fabric first without exception. I also hit it 20 round trips on the leather following rinsing and drying the blade after the shave.“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle,” attributed to Ian Maclaren, circa1897
09-17-2010, 12:25 AM #7
I will definitely look at getting a two-sided strop, when I enter the marketplace, even if I use the fabric side less frequently.
09-17-2010, 12:43 AM #8
I have a 2.5 inch TM with linen and latigo. Personally, I love the feel of stropping on linen. So for me it's hones, linen then leather. After cleaning and drying my razor I strop on linen only to make sure the edge is clean and dry.
09-17-2010, 12:50 AM #9
By the way, you mentioned a full size strop. Many folks prefer a 3 inch strop, but take your time and try out other widths. I wish I would have gone narrower than my 2.5 inch. It's just personal preference. Dovo has some inexpensive cotton/leather strops.
09-17-2010, 12:57 AM #10
I do 20 on fabric and 40 on leather before and after a shave. Sometime during the day I also try to run my palm along the leather at least 20 times.