09-15-2017, 08:21 PM
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I'd like to get a cheap strop to try out stropping some wedge blades... don't know if I'll stick with it, so don't want to spend much.  On eBay I see tons of inexpensive strops, some old, some new from China, some with wooden handles, etc. I understand that you get what you pay for, but just for learning and trying this, any opinions about those inexpensive strop options?

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 09-16-2017, 12:53 AM
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"Whipped Dog" have a good reputation and sells something he calls "poor man strop" from 16$ - or 25$ for a strop kit. You might want to check him out (I have not myself, DE and SE only so far).

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 09-16-2017, 12:46 PM
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(09-16-2017, 12:53 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: "Whipped Dog" have a good reputation and sells something he calls "poor man strop" from 16$ - or 25$ for a strop kit. You might want to check him out (I have not myself, DE and SE only so far).

Thanks, I appreciate that.  I'll do it, but still curious what people may think about the cheap options on ebay, new and old stuff.  Thanks!

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 09-16-2017, 01:51 PM
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(09-16-2017, 12:46 PM)cpool222 Wrote:
(09-16-2017, 12:53 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: "Whipped Dog" have a good reputation and sells something he calls "poor man strop" from 16$ - or 25$ for a strop kit. You might want to check him out (I have not myself, DE and SE only so far).

Thanks, I appreciate that.  I'll do it, but still curious what people may think about the cheap options on ebay, new and old stuff.  Thanks!

Second. Whipped Dog has some good starter strops.

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 09-16-2017, 06:39 PM
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About ebay: you never know what you are going to get. 
A starter is definitely a good idea.

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 09-16-2017, 10:33 PM
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Have never seen or tried Larry's stuff but Tony Miller will have his plain chocolate one's available Wednesday and the cost is very reasonable for what you get.

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 09-17-2017, 03:55 AM
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If you have never stopped a straight razor before I suggest you start with a very inexpensive strop.  You will nick your strop as you are learning technique.  I have a Tony Miller strop and it's a beautiful piece of craftsmanship, I have nicked it a few times but nothing too bad.  I've never used a Whipped Dog stop but he gets good reviews on the forums.

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 09-24-2017, 12:56 PM
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(09-17-2017, 03:55 AM)Sully Wrote: If you have never stopped a straight razor before I suggest you start with a very inexpensive strop.  You will nick your strop as you are learning technique.  I have a Tony Miller strop and it's a beautiful piece of craftsmanship, I have nicked it a few times but nothing too bad.  I've never used a Whipped Dog stop but he gets good reviews on the forums.

Thanks... I appreciate the advice

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 12-09-2017, 08:45 AM
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I started out stropping on a  thin leather strop I made from a cheap guitar strap I had. I'm not even sure the outer shell was leather. It worked for over a year with no issues.
Once you know that you are going to stick with it, I definitely recommend a Tony Miller Plain.
But starting out, any smooth leather will work just fine.
You can also just fold up some newspaper and flip it over a towel ring and strop on that until you make up your mind. Costs literally nothing.


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 12-09-2017, 07:39 PM
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That man making that newspaper strop is a self proclaimed genius…and we are all better off because of him. If you ever come across his post regarding the magic of pico paper it will blow your mind.

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 12-09-2017, 08:10 PM
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Gonna dust my kymono ... Smile

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