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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.


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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