DFS 2018 LE Brush is now live. Read more here!!

#1

Member
Omaha, NE
I finally took the plunge and bought a straight. My problem is I don't know where to go from here when it comes to a strop. I really can't afford to break the bank and go expensive. I also know that there is a learning curve when it comes to stropping so I would not want to damage a more expensive one. So what I need is some advice on what I should get and where I can go to get it. Any advice would really be appreciated.
"I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate." — George Burns
[+] 2 users like this post
#2
Hello,you could buy an Illinois #127 from eBay . Not a bad strop and ok to learn on.
Or go online to Etsy and find the store named TomoNagura and check out his beginners strop.

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
[+] 1 user likes this post
#3
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TomoNagura?sec...all&page=1

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
#4
http://www.sharpeningsupplies.com/Illino...aQodHGUIfA Illinois here.

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
#5
(This post was last modified: 01-29-2016, 06:20 AM by caleb31.)
I buy often from this shop.great service. http://thesuperiorshave.com/strops.html the Herold wide strop is nice....

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
#6
I agree, just look for inexpensive strop because it is likely to fill it up with nicks until you develop muscle memory. Also whipped dog might have a strop at a good price to practice on. straights are a lot of fun. They are easier to use than most people think. If you are careful it wont nick you, and if it does the blade is usually sharp that you wont even feel it. Most nicks really are not felt.


Also start looking for honing options because you will need to touch up the razor. Smile
#7

Member
Omaha, NE
Thanks for all the info. I appreciate it. I am seriously looking at the Illinois #127. Looks like a quality strop for a good price.
"I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate." — George Burns
[+] 1 user likes this post
#8

Member
Omaha, NE
Another question. How often should you condition the strop?
"I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate." — George Burns
#9
(01-29-2016, 05:18 PM)Vilhauer Wrote: Another question. How often should you condition the strop?

Rarely, maybe semi annually and very lightly at that.
Rubbing your palm over the surface of the leather for a moment or two before you shower should supply all the oils it needs under most conditions.
Over oiling or conditioning has ruined tons of strops and other leather goods.
[+] 2 users like this post
#10

Member
Austin, TX
(01-29-2016, 04:28 AM)Vilhauer Wrote: I finally took the plunge and bought a straight.  My problem is I don't know where to go from here when it comes to a strop.  I really can't afford to break the bank and go expensive.  I also know that there is a learning curve when it comes to stropping so I would not want to damage a more expensive one.  So what I need is some advice on what I should get and where I can go to get it.  Any advice would really be appreciated.

Vilhauer I am keenly interested in tracking how you kick off your straight razor shaving. I am getting the bug to pick one up myself- please keep us posted!
Kevin
[+] 2 users like this post


Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)