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Strop and hone or Mach 3?


Dear Daniel, My question is…

I've just bought a straight razor and leather/canvas strop.

Unfortunately, the blade was not ready/sharp to use, and merely stropping wasn't enough to hone the blade.

Should I resolve to a honing stone, send the blade away to a professional, or just work more on stropping?

I read somewhere that stropping can only have mild honing results, and that if the blade is not adequately honed, stropping won't do the job.

Thanks!



Daniel Rouah Answers

When you buy a cut throat razor it is a big job

1st they are never sharp enough to begin with

2nd you need to strop

3rd you have to put a special cream on each side and leave it to dry for 48 hours

4th you have to use a stone and lubricate it with a special oil,

5th to use the strop and stone you need to use a special angle to sharpen it.

So... leave it to the professionals - it took me years to learn.

My advice is to take it back and buy a Mach 3 Gillette.



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