View Poll Results: Do you use 'leather' or 'leather & fabric' strop?

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    Question 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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    Hello, rostfrei:

    Most gentlemen here strop on fabric and then leather. I usually do 25 strokes on fabric and 75 on leather.

    Regards,
    Obie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obie View Post
    Hello, rostfrei:

    Most gentlemen here strop on fabric and then leather. I usually do 25 strokes on fabric and 75 on leather.

    Regards,
    Obie
    I use about the same mix as Obie.


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    Yep I'm pretty much with the Obie routine. I do 60 on leather.
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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.


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    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.
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    I will definitely look at getting a two-sided strop, when I enter the marketplace, even if I use the fabric side less frequently.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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