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A razor strop is flexible strip of leather or canvas used to maintain a shaving edge on a thin blade such as a straight razor. Fine powdered jeweler's rouge or other pastes can be added as an abrasive to polish the blade.
The strop may be a hanging strip or a hand-held paddle.
What is the strop used for?[edit | edit source]
Stropping is one the most important steps in keeping your razor shaving sharp.
What is the linen/cotton side of the strop used for?[edit | edit source]
Some strops have linen, webbed fabric or cotton backings. There is not a general consensus even among experts why these materials work, but many users find them to be very beneficial in their stropping routines.
Using a strop[edit | edit source]
Treating and repairing strops[edit | edit source]
Please refer to the article strop treatment and repair.
Further Reading[edit | edit source]
- Making a (very) home-made strop
- Pasting a strop - a photo tutorial
- Easily make a pasted balsa strop
- Making a linen strop out of denim
- Finishing Pastes
- Using micro abrasive film