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 Post subject: Stropping advice
PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 5:38 pm 
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Just bought my first straight.
It's a S.R. Droescher Classic as shown:

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Once received, I am sending it out to be honed.
I am a total newbie, I don't plan on using it much, maybe once every week or two.
My concern is maintaining the edge by stropping.
Can I use what I have described below to strop my razor?
What I have are the 3x11 strops with the magnetic backs that Mark sells here. I use them to strop my knives.
I have Felt, Balsa, Cow Leather, and Horse butt leather.
These all seem similar to a paddle strop, so can I use these for stropping the razor?
I have Green buffing compound, that is chromium oxide right?
Also have 1 micron diamond spray, and alumina suspension.
Can I get the job done with what I have. Or should I consider buying a traditional hanging strop with leather and linen?


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 Post subject: Re: Stropping advice
PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 6:44 pm 
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I have the strop base and the Horse, Cow and Roo 3x11 strops for my SR's too. You should be able to use the setup for the straight razor. I have an Illinois 127 and a SRD Premier 1 strop for my razors. The linen side works well to clean the edge, I am guessing the felt should be similar to clean the edge and then strop on the leather. I often take my 2 piece strops and put them on the counter and strop like that so I don't use too much pressure and round the edge out. Illinois 127 was under $50 IIRC.

Not sure on the Green compound, Chromium Oxide comes in different grits, so it's hard to tell that the buffing compound actually is grit wise. I have some 1/2 micron CrOX, and 1 Micron Boron Carbide paste and 1/2 and 1/4 micron CBN sprays, all on Balsa strops. The 1 micron diamond spray may be too "coarse" feeling even though it is 1 micron. I would spend the $$ and pick up a 2 piece strop (mainly for the linen side to clean the blade edge if the felt strop doesn't do it; never tried Felt on a SR edge, but I am wondering if it would be too soft and round the edge??) and a small container of 1/2 micron CrOx.


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 Post subject: Re: Stropping advice
PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 2:54 pm 

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I think what you have will be fine. Going from knives to razors I had to learn to be much gentler - the edge is more fragile obviously - it's a lot easier to do that on a "bench" strop than a hanging strop. With a hanging strop it's easier to "roll" the edge over. As far as the compounds I think you just have to try them out - it seems everyone is different in that regard. For me, an edge doesn't feel quite right until i put it over cbn a few times.


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 Post subject: Re: Stropping advice
PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 3:52 pm 
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Thanks for the tips guys.
Since I am just getting started, and do not plan to use this razor that much, I am trying to maintain the razor without breaking the bank.
It is going to cost me more to maintain the razor than it did to buy it. :roll:

Anyhow I just got an Enesco leather and linen strop on the cheap. It will need some conditioning, but I have the stuff to do that.
What if anything would you suggest I put on the linen side of the strop?
I also just ordered a pre loaded balsa strop from Whipped Dog. It comes with .3 chromium oxide on one side, and .1 iron oxide on the other. Plus some spares of each in a small bag.
I realize I won't need this right away, not until the edge no longer feels right stropping on the leather.

Got some .5 micron diamond paste coming. I can put that on one of my magnetic balsa strops just before I finish on bare leather.

I have my eye on a double sided leather paddle strop in very good condition. If I can get it for the right price I can try stropping on a flat surface as suggested.


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 Post subject: Re: Stropping advice
PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 4:17 pm 

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I don't use the linen side - I actually think it hurts rather than helps the edge. There's some micrographs done by Science of Sharp that show it in detail.

I think for how you're going to use it and from what you've described you've set yourself up well.


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