03-07-2016, 07:10 AM
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  • Johnny
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Found this interesting and thought I would give it a sticky in case some want to review it.


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 03-07-2016, 07:42 AM
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Thanks for sharing the video Johnny.  Personally, I only use my blades twice, so I don't this, but it is pretty interesting.

Now, if one misses is going to be a big ouch!  Blades are not that expensive to justify putting my hand in possible danger. Biggrin

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 03-08-2016, 11:56 AM
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And I thought I was cheap. lol

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 03-08-2016, 12:06 PM
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I do this with all of my new blades before installing them in the razor. It helps to smooth the edge out so that you don't get those rough first couple of shaves which are common with GEM SE blades. I don't think it really makes them last longer, but it definitely smooths them out at the onset.

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 03-08-2016, 12:48 PM
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  • eengler
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Agree Brian. The Gems benefit greatly stropped prior to the first shave.

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 03-08-2016, 02:13 PM
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(03-08-2016, 12:06 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: I do this with all of my new blades before installing them in the razor. It helps to smooth the edge out so that you don't get those rough first couple of shaves which are common with GEM SE blades. I don't think it really makes them last longer, but it definitely smooths them out at the onset.

Its what they make cork for but not on your hand man, not worth the risk.

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 03-08-2016, 02:19 PM
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(03-08-2016, 02:13 PM)Big Whiskey Wrote:
(03-08-2016, 12:06 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: I do this with all of my new blades before installing them in the razor. It helps to smooth the edge out so that you don't get those rough first couple of shaves which are common with GEM SE blades. I don't think it really makes them last longer, but it definitely smooths them out at the onset.

Its what they make cork for but not on your hand man, not worth the risk.

It's actually more risky to have to manipulate something else while stropping. To be honest, if this is dangerous for you then perhaps you should go back to cartridge razors and safety scissors.

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 03-08-2016, 02:26 PM
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(03-08-2016, 02:19 PM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(03-08-2016, 02:13 PM)Big Whiskey Wrote:
(03-08-2016, 12:06 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: I do this with all of my new blades before installing them in the razor. It helps to smooth the edge out so that you don't get those rough first couple of shaves which are common with GEM SE blades. I don't think it really makes them last longer, but it definitely smooths them out at the onset.

Its what they make cork for but not on your hand man, not worth the risk.

It's actually more risky to have to manipulate something else while stropping. To be honest, if this is dangerous for you then perhaps you should go back to cartridge razors and safety scissors.
I see no reason to be rude. Its called corking a blade and many people use it. Ive been wet shaved since 78. But, since your so friendly stroke away bud.

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 03-08-2016, 02:32 PM
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(03-08-2016, 02:26 PM)Big Whiskey Wrote:
(03-08-2016, 02:19 PM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(03-08-2016, 02:13 PM)Big Whiskey Wrote: Its what they make cork for but not on your hand man, not worth the risk.

It's actually more risky to have to manipulate something else while stropping. To be honest, if this is dangerous for you then perhaps you should go back to cartridge razors and safety scissors.
I see no reason to be rude. Its called corking a blade and many people use it. Ive been wet shaved since 78. But, since your so friendly stroke away bud.

LOL, see rudeness where none existed. I'm quite aware of corking. I've tried it and found it unnecessary to have something else lying around when my hand was already there and just as effective. Seriously though, if you are scared of palm stropping you really should stay away from other things that can cut you too.

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 03-08-2016, 02:36 PM
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(03-08-2016, 02:32 PM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(03-08-2016, 02:26 PM)Big Whiskey Wrote:
(03-08-2016, 02:19 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: It's actually more risky to have to manipulate something else while stropping. To be honest, if this is dangerous for you then perhaps you should go back to cartridge razors and safety scissors.
I see no reason to be rude. Its called corking a blade and many people use it. Ive been wet shaved since 78. But, since your so friendly stroke away bud.

LOL, see rudeness where none existed. I'm quite aware of corking. I've tried it and found it unnecessary to have something else lying around when my hand was already there and just as effective. Seriously though, if you are scared of palm stropping you really should stay away from other things that can cut you too.

Well I can see your just going to be childish by telling me st stay away from sharp objects over and over. And being rude AGAIN. I just leave you here and put you on ignore and thats the end of it.

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 03-08-2016, 02:40 PM
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(03-08-2016, 02:36 PM)Big Whiskey Wrote:
(03-08-2016, 02:32 PM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(03-08-2016, 02:26 PM)Big Whiskey Wrote: I see no reason to be rude. Its called corking a blade and many people use it. Ive been wet shaved since 78. But, since your so friendly stroke away bud.

LOL, see rudeness where none existed. I'm quite aware of corking. I've tried it and found it unnecessary to have something else lying around when my hand was already there and just as effective. Seriously though, if you are scared of palm stropping you really should stay away from other things that can cut you too.

Well I can see your just going to be childish by telling me st stay away from sharp objects over and over. And being rude AGAIN. I just leave you here and put you on ignore and thats the end of it.

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 03-09-2016, 03:53 AM
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Thanks, Johnny Smile

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 04-12-2016, 06:47 AM
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(03-08-2016, 12:06 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: I do this with all of my new blades before installing them in the razor. It helps to smooth the edge out so that you don't get those rough first couple of shaves which are common with GEM SE blades. I don't think it really makes them last longer, but it definitely smooths them out at the onset.

So do i, but I do it with an old pair of jeans, not my palm.

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 04-12-2016, 07:10 AM
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Johnny,

Thanks for posting, I don't use DE/SE razors much anymore but when I did I did what was in the vid plus corking, it does work and blades last longer, heck I even palm strop straights coming off the hone just to check the edge before hitting the leather.

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 04-12-2016, 11:28 AM
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  • Harvey
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Hand stropping is O.K. ...but to get a really sharp smooth blade you need to BUTT STROP......the Kardashians do it and just look at their BUTTS....i mean blades... Biggrin Tongue

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 04-12-2016, 12:24 PM
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I have no idea if it works, but I do it every time I open up a new blade.  I'm also not one for too many extra steps and have never even remotely come close to being in any danger.  Maybe it works, maybe it doesn't, but one thing is for certain; the first time I don't hand strop, I will get a nasty weeper while shaving.

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 05-10-2016, 06:44 AM
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I did a couple times, on like the third or fourth use of a blade, and it did and did not work, i don't know if it has something to do with the hardness of the steel, or the inconsistency of the blade manufacturing, but actually i think it is too relative to give a certain answer (for me) and i always keep in count that YMMV so, probably it just does not work consistently because i am me. As for new blades, i did hand strop some blades i thought were too rough or were lacking that typical smoothness you get with other smoother (or better) blades. Didnt change anything. Maybe it's the stroppping technique that failed, or maybe it was actually the aggresiveness of the razor, or even, my shaving thecnique. I dont know, and it is too relative to give a certain answer from my point of view.

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 06-15-2016, 07:52 AM
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  • beamon
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Hand or palm stropping is most useful on blades that have a tendency to "bite" when new, like Feathers. I have not noticed any particular lengthening of blade life or any discernable value on shaves after the first. YMMV.

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 06-24-2016, 08:50 AM
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(03-07-2016, 07:10 AM)Johnny Wrote: Found this interesting and thought I would give it a sticky in case some want to review it.

https://youtu.be/Ogq4wfpT7hc

Interesting - thanks!  May have to try it out - perhaps on my Feathers and Personna Med Preps.

But... I think I'll do it instead with a piece of leather and not my bare hand.  Not sure I trust myself with the latter.  Smile

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 07-02-2016, 07:24 AM
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I use a slightly modified technique, using the inside of my forearm. I strop my blades before the first use, then every other shave. I get 6 really good shaves using Feather blades with this method.

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