05-15-2013, 08:56 AM
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Hi there,

Just bought my first straight razor!! I was lucky enough to find a Dovo en vogue 105 from a pipe shop.
However I've never stropped or honed a razor and as a beginner I will need to buy a strop. If any users have any strops to sell please let me know. Any advice and recommendations would be welcome too!!

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 05-15-2013, 09:09 AM
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You might want to start with a less expensive one as most beginners are prone to cutting their strop in the beginning. Since you're in the UK you might want to contact Neil Miller http://www.strop-shop.co.uk/hand-made-ra...es-1-c.asp and ask for a practice strop.

Once you have the technique down you can get one of his excellent strops or go for a Tony Miller strop http://shop.thewellshavedgentleman.com or one from Torben http://www.scrupleworks.com/strops.html

I have really excellent results with any of these, but there are more good ones, just found these very good products for their price.

tip: get those razors honed by someone who knows what he does otherwise the shave will be bad, as a beginner you need good sharp razors to be able to learn how to shave without having to worry about honing.

Wish you success, be patient, it takes time to learn.

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 05-15-2013, 11:40 AM
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Thanks for the feedback! I checked for the practice strop but I don't think it was available. However I did leave a message, hopefully I'll get a reply soon.


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 05-16-2013, 03:44 PM
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Congratulations on your find and welcome to the world of straights. I have the following thoughts for you:

1. Get your razor expertly honed. No amount of stropping will get you a good shave if the blade is not shave ready. Neil Miller is widely seen as the best in the UK.

2. Get the cheapest strop you can find because you will cut it learning how to strop properly.

3. A 3" strop is best for a beginner. You can just concentrate on going out and back in a straight line without having to also move diagonally in an X pattern.

4. Any strop will do an equally fine job getting your edge ready. We buy expensive strops because we like their beauty, workmanship, and feel, not because they produce a better edge.

5. Different leathers have different draws, which is the resistance you feel as you move the steel over the leather. Draws, which are generally characterized as light, medium and heavy are a matter of personal preference. One type of leather or draw does not produce a better edge.

In the U.S., Whipped Dog has some inexpensive beginner strops. There is also Star Shaving, which sells their 3" Big Daddy on their website and on ebay. The Big Daddy is an excellent value.

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 05-16-2013, 04:29 PM
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Congrats on the new razor. I have to agree with what has been said, you should absolutely get your razor professionally honed. Even if you plan on eventually buying a set of honing stones and doing it yourself, you still need to know what a shave ready edge looks and feels like.

Whipped Dog has excellent prices on strops and does a great job when it comes to honing, I highly recommend them for both your first strop and to have your razor honed.


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 05-19-2013, 06:38 AM
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Thanks for the feedback, really appreciated. I think I'll be sending my straight razor to be honed next week. Hopefully I should have bought a strop by then!!!

Thanks again

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