Stropping With Linen Only

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Stropping With Linen Only

Post by rustyblade » Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:36 pm

Even before I got back into straight razor shaving after a hiatus, I always preferred stropping on linen, specifically Tony Miller's Genuine Linen which I'm not sure he even sells anymore. The truth is in the shave and I can't tell much difference between leather/linen, linen, or leather only. Most importantly linen is always flatter, smooth, and it is FAST. My leather drags too much, isn't flat enough, and as a result of the drag I end up having to re-adjust the scales in my hand too often (the scales are reasonably tight). It works.
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Post by drmoss_ca » Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:32 am

I think some tougher steels prefer linen stropping - used to be true for the TI Eagles. With my Friodurs I use the strop conventionally - linen after the shave and leather before it.

Chris
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Post by EL Alamein » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:23 pm

I do linen then leather religiously. Over the years I have tried just one or the other and then after a stretch went back to both and it made a difference. It was a much smoother, better shave when using both.

I use a TI Eagle near exclusively so the good doctors observation is probably relevant. I have a Friodur but haven't used it in years. I haven't always used the Eagle exclusively but my recollection is that pretty much all razors like both linen and leather together.

In the end it's whatever gets you there so do what you do, experiment and change up. Good luck.

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Post by rustyblade » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:28 pm

All we're really doing is realigning the edge right? Right??? :wink:
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Post by brothers » Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:00 pm

My stropping regimen for the past two years takes place the evening before the shave. First on canvas followed by both sides of a vintage Martin Rubin horsehide strop, first on the back with a bit more pull, then on the front to finish up.
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Post by kenrup » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:00 pm

Stropping with fabric is a personal experiment. Some swear by it others swear at it. I find one of the foremost decisions in using the fabric or not is how your leather works for you. The best advice I can give is to experiment with what you have. Find what works and stick with it.
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Post by brothers » Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:02 am

Hey Ken! It's great to see you active at SMF. I trust all's well with you these days.
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Re: Stropping With Linen Only

Post by ChrisThies » Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:09 am

Hi, Tony Miller's Genuine Linen is available in Australia? I visited even the Linen House but unable to get it!
Linen and Moore http://www.rushk.com.au/linen-and-moore Online Australia.

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Re: Stropping With Linen Only

Post by drmoss_ca » Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:30 am

Welcome, Chris. I think for international customers you would have to have a strop sent to a US member, and have them forward it to you. I find it very irksome when businesses refuse to ship abroad, but I guess they have their reasons.

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Re: Stropping With Linen Only

Post by kaptain_zero » Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:09 pm

Hello Chris and welcome to SRP.

For the record, you can order a linen only strop from Torolf in Norway, he ships pretty much anywhere.

Beautiful strops, but alas, I have yet to order one for myself.

http://scrupleworks.com/strops.html


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Post by brothers » Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:06 pm

drmoss_ca wrote:I think some tougher steels prefer linen stropping - used to be true for the TI Eagles. With my Friodurs I use the strop conventionally - linen after the shave and leather before it.

Chris
This is how I'm going to use my new Jemico Red Russian leather and linen when I get back into my straight razors in a couple of weeks from now.
Gary

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