Advice on an inexpensive strop?
09-22-2012, 09:25 PM  #1
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(This post was last modified: 09-22-2012, 09:26 PM by Tonality.)
I have a beautiful 150+ year old 5/8 Wade & Butcher straight that I had restored months ago and has been sitting around since then due to a little fear at jumping into using a straight. Well, my curiosity is getting the best of me and I want to give it a twirl sometime soon. Trouble is I don't have a strop to use and don't want to invest heavily in one. Does anyone here have some favorite for cheap, beginner strops? I've also read of using some folded newspaper to practice not chipping the leather of a strop and also doing a mediocre job of stropping, would this be okay, or should I go for real leather?

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09-22-2012, 09:58 PM  #3
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Star Shaving's English Bridle leather strop. Basically the same thing, but cheaper.

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09-23-2012, 08:14 AM  #4
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I started out with the Whipped Dog poor man's strop kit with balsa CrOx and FeOx, strop, neat's foot oil and extra CrOx and FeOx for $22 and with an extra strop another $8.

I did nick those at first, but wish I had known more about strops and gotten a more expensive one. You can take your time, watch videos and be careful and just sand out nicks, if necessary on an expensive one. My favorite strop is the Walkin' Horse horsebutt 3 inch wide strop.

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09-23-2012, 11:28 AM  #5
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I have no experience when it comes to straight razors. However, I recommend, as mentioned above, Whipped Dog's poor man strops or you can check out Fendrihan Shaving, where they have beautiful strops starting at around 50$. In reiteration, my recommendations are based purely from the online pictures and prices. I would like to ask you a question. I recently purchased two vintage straights razors, that I plan on restoring for use. Any advice you may have on where and how to restore them would be greatly appreciated. Happy Shaving, Sam.

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09-23-2012, 11:38 AM  #6
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(09-23-2012, 11:28 AM)Notary Wrote:  Any advice you may have on where and how to restore them would be greatly appreciated. Happy Shaving, Sam.

You have several options on restorers. Myself and several other people restore straight razors.

If you want advice on how to restore it, I can give you some info on that.

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09-23-2012, 11:38 AM  #7
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You can just polish with MAAS polish and/or sand with wet/dry sandpaper. If you want a more substantial restoration, replacement of scales and buffing and honing, you need to send it out. I use Glen Mercurio of http://www.gemstarcustoms.com. He restored two vintage Sheffield heavy wedges, George Wostenholm and Frederick Reynolds. You can search for twin sheffield heavy wedges and see his work.

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09-24-2012, 03:21 AM  #8
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Anthony:
Another strop good for the money is the Illinois (Fromm) No. 127. Nothing fancy about this strop, but it does the job. Barbers used it for years. I think it runs around $40 or so. Phil has it at BullGoose.
Obie

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09-24-2012, 09:27 AM  #9
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(09-22-2012, 09:58 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:  Star Shaving's English Bridle leather strop. Basically the same thing, but cheaper.

+1 I have that strop and I'm very happy with it.

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09-24-2012, 09:47 AM  #10
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+1 for the No.127. A good basic strop that's been used for years.
Plus, the back linen is pretty nice once it's broke in.

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09-24-2012, 11:14 AM  #11
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Thank you all, this is very helpful. Obie, that Illinois strop is more along the lines of a high end strop in my mind! I would be too afraid to ruin one that expensive. The Star Shaving strop is looking pretty good to me.

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09-24-2012, 12:09 PM  #12
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Anthony, go what fits your budget. I don't know anything about the strop from The Star Shaving, so I can't comment on it. If it feels right for you, then that's the right one for you. Either way, stropping is an art onto itself. If you need help, please don't hesitate to drop me a line. Below is the link to one of the best stropping videos I know:
http://straightrazorplace.com/beginners/64743-vid-helped-me-alot.html
Stay well,
Obie

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09-24-2012, 12:21 PM  #13
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Whipped Dog poor man strop is what everyone suggested to me, AFTER i bought one elsewhere Blush

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09-24-2012, 12:35 PM  #14
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At less than $20 (IIRC) for the Star Shaving version, I wouldn't bother with the Whipped Dog. You get hardware in addition to the leather with SS.

Not in league with the guy behind SS, but honestly, I am unable to produce or find a better value. Unless you make your own.

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09-24-2012, 03:42 PM  #15
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(This post was last modified: 09-24-2012, 03:43 PM by Tonality.)
I agree Lee, the SS strop looks really nice and has useful hardware on it. Even if it is cheap leather, this is just for learning on. I guess I'm a sucker for nice looking things too. I shall be ordering one sometime soon.

Thank you Obie for the great video, I will be watching it (and others) multiple times in the coming weeks before I jump into this.

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09-25-2012, 05:56 AM  #16
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I've used the Star Shaving strop. It's a good, decent strop.

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09-25-2012, 09:38 AM  #17
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I suggest a 3" strop if you're new to this. It's easier to learn on than a narrower model, where you have to use the x stroke to give the whole edge time on the leather.

The Star Shaving Big Daddy is a very good strop for the money. You can get it directly from Star Shaving, or on eBay. This was my first strop and will work as well on your edge as more expensive strops.

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