07-01-2015, 11:10 AM
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While at an antique store earlier today and found this strange device. Upon further inspection it appears to be a double edged blade strop. I've never seen one! Has anyone ever seen or heard of one of these? Any idea of its utility? Or value?

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 07-01-2015, 11:23 AM
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Old de blades were a little thicker so you could strop them. I don't see the benefit of doing it now with the price of blades being so cheap and the likelihood of doing more harm than good. That being said I've seen a pretty good amount of those strops although not sure about rarity of types or brands or if there is a value.IMO they seem a little less common than de in an antique store.

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 07-01-2015, 11:26 AM
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The ones like you have pictures in MINT condition are about 50-75 dollars. On the bay

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 07-01-2015, 11:39 AM
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I made a blog post about razor blade sharpeners last October - also posted the same here on the 'nook, but can't find that old threat right now - and that has a video on how to use the kind of hone you found there.

Did they have a use back in the day? Sure, since carbon blades were somewhat thicker and more costly than todays stainless it made sense to get the extra mileage out of them.

Do they have a use today? Not really, but they represent a nice piece of shaving history and can be a neat collectors item.

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