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Stropping a Razor: Pasted strop or Unpasted?

Asked by majorrich (14711points) January 8th, 2016

To add a little excitement to my mornings, I’ve begun shaving with a straight razor. (Actually my electric died and I am too cheap to buy a new one) I googled this subject as to whether it is appropriate to use abrasive preparations on the razor strop to help keep the razor sharp or not and the results are rather polar. So far (furiously pounding on a door sill) I’ve not wounded myself on this old blade that was my fathers and hasn’t been honed in decades. I am taking it to the barbers this afternoon and they said they will sharpen it. The need remains, I must strop the blade either after or before I shave to keep it super sharp. Do any of you guys have experience with this stuff. So far have been stropping on newsprint, which was by far a stopgap measure until the Christmas blackout period ended.

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ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Using jewelers rouge?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I use to a have pasted strop with a leather on the other.

majorrich's avatar

I have a good quantity of diamond lapping compounds left over from my mom’s lapidary hobby. they range from 5 micron down to .1 micron in grit. I’ve been putting a pea sized lump on the paper and stropping working from big on down.

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