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    Default Jeans make good strops

    I found that if you need a strop and you can't find your expensive strop, just grab an old pair of jeans. I found that using a soft wood like balsa(this can also be used as a strop) and stretching jeans over it, and then you go to work on the razor.

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    I've been using my own homemade denim strop since the beginning. I used the instructions in the wiki. Its works great as a cloth component.

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    As long as we are in DIY mode, I've read several times that a #2 lead pencil is a good abrasive, and can be added to denim somewhat like chromium oxide is used. (Of course, buy chromium oxide. But, that isn't DIY is it?)

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    Try some soft chalk on your denim. Lead pencil would be good for paper or cardboard.
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    i don't think you can get a lead pencile anymore, but i think i know were i can get some

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    folks dont actually mean lead.
    in addition to the graaphite in the pencil i believe there is very fine fired clay particles. the ammount of clay affects how hard the pencil lead is to my understanding.

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    I read that the best linen side of the strops were made of hemp. I have an old tool roll up pouch(large) from ww2 era that Im pretty sure is hemp. I think I will do a diy 2 sided paddle strop for a lil project. If it dont work I can always smoke it. I like the denim and pencil idea 2.
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    That's a great idea!

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    My linen strop is just a folded loop of linen/cotton blend.

    Personally I believe that cotton or denim is much better for the edge than the coarse cotton webbing that is being used as the fabric component on a lot of commercial strops these days. You spend a fortune on the finest stones and leather money can buy and then run your blade over the fabric equivalent of a cheese grater. It's ridiculous.


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    Is it necessary to use a cloth/ linnen strop in addition to the leather one?

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