12-29-2014, 04:12 PM
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I have heard mentioned hand stropping a DE blade. Is this comparable to loading a blade and "shaving" an old pair of denim jeans?
Maybe someone more familiar with this technique could describe it and what the advantages are?
Thanks.

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 12-29-2014, 04:26 PM
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  • Shaun
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There are no advantages. Why take off the coating if there is one (platinum, say)? There used to be a method called 'corking' where you'd drag the blade through a cork. I think it may have been used to take away that new blade tuggy feeling, but I'd rather not waste a shave. It was fashionable once, but there's no proof is offers any advantage. i've experimented: results are zilch. It may have worked better on the older-style carbon blades. Not sure.

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 12-29-2014, 05:15 PM
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My grandfather used to rub a blade repeatedly on the inside of a drinking glass reserved for this purpose. He did it after every shave.
I do not know how many shaves he obtained with each blade.
He was always clean shaven. He shaved every day. So do I.
They were Gillette Blades. I remember the blue box with the picture of King Gillette who my father laughingly called "Joe Stalin".

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 12-29-2014, 06:17 PM
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'Honing' a blade, using glass is properly using a harder surface to realign the edge into a straight edge. Using a cork or denim is more properly microabrasion to sharpen.
I suspect many of these tricks are a carryover from straight razor use and not really needed, like changing synthetic oil every 2000 miles because Dad did.
Razors are usually a SABRE grind, or simple Scandinavian V with a small secondary angle at the tip.It takes enough practice to do this properly on a knife without a jig, let alone a razorblade. I tried, once with my first MERKURS using
just the final stones and micro pastes a Japanese swordsmith would appreciate for the final polish. For all my effort the blades were even worse.
Save time, support your vendor, buy more blades.

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 12-30-2014, 03:33 PM
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With modern DE blades, I just don't see the value as the majority are so sharp and inexpensive, there really wouldn't be any need. However, YMMV. Biggrin

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 12-30-2014, 03:56 PM
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I hand strop my blades for their second shave, I toss them after two shaves. I find this improves my second shave. It maybe all in my head but either way it works for me. I don't think the blade is sharper just smoother.

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 12-30-2014, 08:57 PM
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A lot of blade wrappers say "Do Not Wipe Blade." Maybe I'm too trusting, but I think that must mean it's counterproductive vs. wanting me to not extend the blade life so I buy more blades.

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 12-31-2014, 11:11 AM
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  • Harvey
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The Kardashians recommend Booty stropping....seems to be all the rage this year....strop it baby...strop that blade...!!!!

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 12-31-2014, 01:55 PM
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(12-31-2014, 11:11 AM)Harvey Wrote: The Kardashians recommend Booty stropping....seems to be all the rage this year....strop it baby...strop that blade...!!!!

Biggrin

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 02-08-2015, 10:27 PM
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Q: What the difference between Madison Square Garden and any of the Kardashians girls?


A: Not everyone in the NBA has been inside Madison Square Garden.....

Ba-dum-dum

I'm here all week, tip your waitresses....

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 02-09-2015, 12:42 PM
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it has been done to razors all the time, so if you feel like not complying to the Gilette throwawy blade business model as much, and enjoy better shaves:
realign your blades by carefully stropping them Smile

Philipp

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 02-09-2015, 03:37 PM
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Ive seen some old adverts where it was advocated DE blades can be stropped in a glass. I think blades are so cheap there is no point stropping them.

Some people also run their blade on a cork before first use to make them less sharp.

More trouble than its worth for me. YMMV.

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 02-10-2015, 07:27 AM
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(02-09-2015, 03:37 PM)Carson Wrote: Ive seen some old adverts where it was advocated DE blades can be stropped in a glass. I think blades are so cheap there is no point stropping them.

Some people also run their blade on a cork before first use to make them less sharp.

More trouble than its worth for me. YMMV.

So, did you try any stropping yourself?

Wink
To strop or not to strop a blade

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 02-12-2015, 07:34 AM
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The merits or value in palm stropping is definitely arguable but what I can is it does smoothen the blade for me. Many times a blade that felt rough after 2 or 3 shaves was markedly smoother after palm stropping on all sides.

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 02-12-2015, 02:55 PM
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(02-10-2015, 07:27 AM)Bibbelmann Wrote:
(02-09-2015, 03:37 PM)Carson Wrote: Ive seen some old adverts where it was advocated DE blades can be stropped in a glass. I think blades are so cheap there is no point stropping them.

Some people also run their blade on a cork before first use to make them less sharp.

More trouble than its worth for me. YMMV.

So, did you try any stropping yourself?

Wink
To strop or not to strop a blade

No I havent tried stropping because the blades I use feel smooth & sharp to me so Im happy enough to use them & throw them out when I notice the edge has deteriorated. That's usually after about 5-6 shaves with the blade.

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 02-13-2015, 12:55 AM
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(02-12-2015, 02:55 PM)Carson Wrote: No I havent tried stropping because the blades I use feel smooth & sharp to me so Im happy enough to use them & throw them out when I notice the edge has deteriorated. That's usually after about 5-6 shaves with the blade.

5-6 shaves usually  is  a lot.
I cannot say my blade care polongs blade  life a lot, but  a bit it does help... If I can get my hands on a DE blade stropping handle I might do more one day

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 05-29-2015, 06:27 PM
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never had to do it, but I don't think I will since it's advised against.
Some people swear by it, but some don't believe in it at all.

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