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Razor strop

Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:08 pm

Stupid question here.
I just purchased an Illinois strop for straight razors, very nice leather and it has a white linen type of second strop.
What is the purpose of that, do I use that first, is it like a coarse stone to be used on dull razors ?



Re: Razor strop

Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:11 pm

Hi Peter,

Use the linen first and then finish with the leather.

Re: Razor strop

Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:18 pm

Thanks Mark. I received a nice pm from Melampus who said the same. I'm good to go, thanks again.

Re: Razor strop

Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:37 pm

The linen or canvas side is to deburr the razor once it comes off the hone.

Re: Razor strop

Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:26 pm

I have wondered about this myself. Thanks for asking.

Re: Razor strop

Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:26 am

I wasn't ignoring the community by answering via PM. I have been simply furious with some ill conceived assumptions floating around & had to step away awhile to temper my anger.

I tend to think of the canvas/leather as a split-hide & smooth leather bench strop; sort of a two-step stropping progression.
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