#1
I'm fairly new to the world of straight razors. I had a strop for two days before my girlfriend tossed it not knowing what it was. Now I'm looking for a new one but I'm also wondering about maintaining it. When I do get one do they need to be oiled or anything? I got my grandpas double duck a month or so ago after he passed and haven't used it much after getting it restored on account of not knowing as much as I feel I should about everything. If there is any threads you would recommend for general knowledge please let me know if you can remember them as well.
Thank you everyone
#2
If you are new to straight razor use, I would recommend an inexpensive strop as you will cut/nick it learning how to use it. I do not know if www.straightrazordesign.com still have any but they are running 40% off the entire site! I have one of their strops. It was my first and served it's purpose. I personally like the rings not the handles but that is personal preference. After you get the hang of it, Scrupleworks makes a fantastic strop as well as many others.

Good luck with the journey!

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#3

Member
Virginia, USA
(11-13-2018, 04:09 AM)Robini Wrote: If you are new to straight razor use, I would recommend an inexpensive strop as you will cut/nick it learning how to use it.  I do not know if www.straightrazordesign.com still have any but they are running 40% off the entire site!  I have one of their strops.  It was my first and served it's purpose.  I personally like the rings not the handles but that is personal preference.  After you get the hang of it, Scrupleworks makes a fantastic strop as well as many others.

Good luck with the journey!

+1 to everything Robini said.  Also, if you don't find what you want on SRD, then check out Whipped Dog's poor man's strop.  The kit is a great way to start.  You will learn your X-strokes.  There is an additional strop option if you think that would be worthwhile.

What are "X-strokes"?  Check out youtube.  Lynn Abrams' videos (here is one) - Lynn is one half of SRD - are  a fine place to begin. So is Pete Hendrix (here), and there are many others.

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#4

Merchant
Nashville, TN
(This post was last modified: 11-13-2018, 02:52 PM by Pete123.)
I'm with HighSpeed on getting a Whipped Dog starter strop, actually, getting the Poor Man's Strop Kit. I just asked some folks for recommendations on quality strops and will report back. I have a Straight Razor Designs English Bridle Leather strop, but they don't have them anymore.

As far as learning to use a straight, you'll need help and instruction. Here is a thread that has great info:

https://damnfineshave.com/thread-1000-st...-questions

For video on how to use a straight, search 'lynn Abrams how to shave' I need to do one as well. Lynn has forgotten more than I'll ever know about straights, though I'm very good at explaining things for new folks.

Your Dubl Duck is one of the finest straight razors ever made. Straight razors don't look fragile, but they are. That Dubl Duck is made from carbon steel and will rust quickly. Also, straight razors are very, very thin at the cutting edge and will break if you drop it or hit the faucet with it.

I recommend a rug beneath the area where you shave as well as where you strop.

After shaving:

1. Use a wet cloth to GENTLY wipe the blade, not touching the blade edge. Follow this with a dry cloth.

2. MOST IMPORTANTLY, take a piece of paper towel and run it between the scales, removing all water. Failure to do this step causes the most trouble

3. Purchasing a stainless steel razor makes sense if you aren't sure that you'll be consistent with the directions above or if you live at the beach.

4. Some people put a very light coat of oil on carbon steel blades - depending on humidity and salt in the air.

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#5
Some good info, thank you everyone
#6

Merchant
Nashville, TN
ok.  I've heard back from some folks that know a lot about strops.  I would start with the Whipped Dog.  Once you are no longer cutting it, I would look at one of the premium heirloom strops from Tony Miller.

I have a Straight Razor Palace English Bridle Leather strop and think its completely awesome. They are out of them and I don't know if they'll have them again. They are currently having a 50% sale, though only have two inch strops left which are their mid-grade strop. You can reach SRP at https://straightrazordesigns.com/collect...strop-shop

Use SITEWIDE50 for the discount. Considering the price, it's probably worth getting one. If so, the time to act is now. At 50% off, things are going quickly.

I prefer a three inch strop. There are plenty of folks who prefer a two inch. Neither is right or wrong.
#7
(11-14-2018, 10:10 PM)Pete123 Wrote: ok.  I've heard back from some folks that know a lot about strops.  I would start with the Whipped Dog.  Once you are no longer cutting it, I would look at one of the premium heirloom strops from Tony Miller.

I have a Straight Razor Palace English Bridle Leather strop and think its completely awesome.  They are out of them and I don't know if they'll have them again.  They are currently having a 50% sale, though only have two inch strops left which are their mid-grade strop.  You can reach SRP at https://straightrazordesigns.com/collect...strop-shop

Use SITEWIDE50 for the discount.  Considering the price, it's probably worth getting one.  If so, the time to act is now.  At 50% off, things are going quickly.  

I prefer a three inch strop.  There are plenty of folks who prefer a two inch.  Neither is right or wrong.

Thank you very much. Going to check it out now

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