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Jantjeuh
From: Belgium
Posts: 81
Hey lads,

I'm just wondering, how long do your strops last, and when do you replace them?
I've had mine for quite some time now and I really like it, it's a Dovo one, wouldn't mind a wider one though. Anyhow, last night, with too much enthousiasm, nicked the damn strop, the very first nick in it... Other than that it's in tip top condition, but besides this, how the heck do you a lot of you justify buying 3+ strops on a year? What do you do to them? Or is it just to collect and try out different types of strops?
2009-11-15 12:47
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David Lederle (StraightRazorDave)
From: Canada
Posts: 106
Personnaly I think you could get by just fine with one strop, granted you don't totally destroy it. I don't think a nick here or there is going to make that much difference, and you could always lightly sand them out if they ever do become a problem. I think buying several strops is just like getting several stones: it's nice to try out different ones. Do you need more than 1 coticule? No. Is it nice to try out different ones? Yes. I think the same can be said for strops for some people. :)
Dave
2009-11-15 18:02
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Bart Torfs (Bart)
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From: Belgium
Posts: 5001
I personally can't do without one decent linen and one decent leather strop.

But being human :P , I sometimes can't resist buying more stuff than I need.
I had to really restrain myself yesterday from not ordering a Semogue boar brush. While I already own an Omega boar brush that I never use anymore since I bought a Semogue badger, that I couldn't be happier about. But still, all the recent talk about them in the Cafeteria, made it very tempted to get another one.
For the same reason, I own 3 strops. One Dovo Russian. Great Linen. Perfect leather. I bought a wide red Latigo from HandAmerican, that I never learned to like. I finally bought an Old Traditional. It has no linen, the results are not better than those of the Dovo, but I just had to have it, because it's such a beautiful piece of craftsmanship and it's such a delight to use.

I think a strop can last a lifetime.
Then the light shone, trumpets sounded and I got to the other side, where men shave with smiles on their faces, razors pop hairs, and a continuous choir singing «~~Keen and Smooth~~» is heard everywhere. (Matt)
2009-11-15 19:02
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rayman
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From: United States
Posts: 499
I have one 3" SRP strop that I use. It took a lot of neets foot oil to get it to draw, but does just fine now. I apply the oil on the back side now and let it migrate to the front.
I am looking for a strop for my nephew who is just starting out. Bart, do you want to get rid of that one from Handamerican you probably don't use?
I also sell the Handamerican Chromium Oxide on my site. It is rated at 60k and works very well on the balsa strops. That is my go to hard strop between honings and my blades are lasting about 4 month's using that and my strop. One strop seems to work well for me.

Ray
2009-11-15 19:26
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Jantjeuh
From: Belgium
Posts: 81
Yeah I'm also very tempted, those huge tony millers seem to have something :D But yes, I'll stay away untill I ruined this one. I really like the DOvo one
2009-11-15 20:13
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Robin
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I love my Old Traditional. Best strop ever. Much less fun getting the SRD Premium to work. 40ml of neatsfoot oil, but it now works quite well. I really dislike the Dovo Russians because of their tendency to cup, but maybe that's just me.

Yes, a strop can, and probably will, last a lifetime. :blush:
2009-11-15 20:27
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Dr Ralfson Bwhahaha (tat2Ralfy)
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Posts: 3610
I use 2 but own 5!
the other 3 are cheepo's but the 2 I love are both Dovo
the longest 1 is pasted with Dovo white on the Canvas side only, and the shorter 1 is pasted with green Crox again on the canvas only, I love them, they work well for me.

http://www.dovorazors.com/razorstrops.html

Second pair down, Ihave nicked the long 1 a few times on the leather but no biggy, I just sand the nick smooth with 600 grit wet/dry paper, used dry
I would imagine these will last me a very very long time
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Pip Pip Old Bean
2009-11-15 22:53
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justin
From: United States
Posts: 241
My current strop is just a strip of cowhide. :lol: No frills. Just a 2"x18" strip of leather with a hole on the top. I've put some minor nicks in it, but it's about time to move on, and I'm going straight for the Kanayama baby! They look like such a beautiful piece of functional craftsmanship. Kind of like the Old Traditional, which sounds equally awesome from reading your write up on it Bart.

I currently doubt I will, but if I get any other strop after the Kanayama it won't be for years, and it will probably be another Kanayama. One of those fancy ones.
2009-11-16 03:23
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sffone
From: United States
Posts: 5
I confess that I have almost a dozen strops, but I could get by with just a couple. I just like having a variety to choose from on any given day. And my favorite strops are ones I made myself. Unfortunately, I guess I'm not real well co-ordinated because I still manage to nick my strops every now and then. I use some of my more nicked-up strops for pastes.
2009-11-18 01:36
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Dr Ralfson Bwhahaha (tat2Ralfy)
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Posts: 3610
Hey Justin
JimR is on here buddy! he is the daddy when it comes to kanayama :thumbup:
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Pip Pip Old Bean
2009-11-18 01:41
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Jantjeuh
From: Belgium
Posts: 81
Oh man, I'm so weak. I should never have started this thread, now I'm going crazy over the Old Traditional and that Kanayama seems interesting too. Oh man...
2009-11-18 09:36
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Robin
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Get a Kanayama, let us know how it works. I'd really like to get my hands onto one of these things, but as I have an Old Traditional already, I'm not prepared to for out another 150 EUR for a piece of leather that just might be better. The linen looks exquisite, thought.
2009-11-18 09:50
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Jantjeuh
From: Belgium
Posts: 81
No strop for me for the moment, I really have a good one and I like my Dovo one, it's not as 'sexy' as the others I guess, but I have nothing to complain about at all. I think people really underestimate it.

It is just difficult to keep convincing myself: I DO NOT NEED ANOTHER STROP :blush: The more I say, the more I want one..
2009-11-18 09:53
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Jantjeuh
From: Belgium
Posts: 81
iconBeBerlin:
150 EUR for a piece of leather


Ok I was not expecting that price, thanks, I no longer have desire to get one.. 150 for a strop? Does it shave & massage you as well? :blink: Maybe later when I don't know what to do with my money anymore (lol).
2009-11-18 10:04
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Robin
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Well, there are much cheaper entry level models, cf http://kanayamastrops.blogspot.com/. But I would want one of these: http://www.rasagepoulin.com/catalog/Kanayama_Strops-20-1.html :love:
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2009-11-18 10:21