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Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:59 pm
So I've been looking for a canvas strop, and have come across linen, canvas & nylon options. What are the main differences, and do you have a preference? I'm imagining the linen would be the smoothest therefore allowing the lowest friction coefficient & canvas offering the highest, but you guys hold the answers, I'm sure.
E.G., (nylon) http://www.classicshaving.com/catalog/item/522944/7891209.htm
(cotton linen) http://www.classicshaving.com/catalog/item/522944/9349320.htm
Also, what are your opinions on 2" : 3"
Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:06 pm
linen for the win if you ask me
the american made 3" is a ok strop for sure. but if you want very good and handmade strop. i recomend this guy. i have one and i love it.http://www.strop-shop.co.uk/hanging-razor-strops-2-c.asp
Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:21 pm
MAGNUS <> Thank you for the referral, and it is duly noted you prefer linen. May I probe a bit further though, and ask why? I don't mean to be an annoyance; I just like to know the logic so as to understand... rather than memorize. You know what I mean? Sort of like the old adage: a cook knows how to do; a Chef knows why he does.
Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:31 pm
kinda hard to explain i just know that linen is the best when it comes to microscopic rust and soap residue cleaning which will allow the leather to do its job better. and heats up the blade fairly fast. i have nylon aswell but i need to do more laps and dont get the same keen edge with it. i dont know why but thats how it is. if your gonna use nylon i would recomend nylon that is webbed, i hurd its doing a pretty good job but havent tryd since im happy with my linen.
Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:51 pm
I love my canvas on my Kanayama strop. Linnen would be my second favorite. I only do 5 laps on canvas unless I finished on a coticule. Then I do 20 on the canvas.
Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:34 pm
First off, thanks to Mark for making this forum, and making it so easy to use.
Now, about strop materials, linen is a thusly a very expensive and difficult to source material. To get true linen, it comes from flax plants, and is surprisingly labor intensive. As a result, linen strops are often made of "linen", containing either cotton or even hemp fibers, and sometimes both. With all of that being said, hemp, and canvas are very good, what I call, set-up men, leading to leather. You can load it, or keep if clean, and let the texture of the weave do the work (which I believe in).
Regardless, all of the materials mentioned do a great job at setting up a leather strop, but the flesh side of a veg-tanned or even latigo strop do a very nice job, as well. With all things being equal, I'd go with a combo of hemp and leather, but it's all up to the user. If you ask me, this is a big part of why straight shaving is so much fun!