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As I was browsing the weekly flea market down the street from my house I spied an antique Howard #255 razor strop in very nice condition. It is 2 sided and has a little red compound on one side. I talked the guy down to 10 bucks and brought it home, intending to use it on my straight razor, butt I tried it on a couple of knives first. Woo-Hoo!
It brought a fairly sharp edge to very sharp in short order. I do believe that I have a new weapon in the sharpening arsenal.
 

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congratulations.. a good find is most satisfying indeed. IF needed , can clean the red compound off with alcohol. If leather is dry , you will have to make it supple again by oiling it. I used mineral oil.

i trust ht by now all your knives in the hse wld have been stropped!

hv a nice week-end

rgds
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I have seen loads of these paddle strops and have always been curious about them. Does the leather stay flat on them? I use a rather cheap one that has no backing and warps a little, making it pretty useless sometimes
 

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This one has a little more cushion than my homemade ones, each side a little different. The compound on the one side is just residue, about the right amount I think! This thing is pretty well made, with a heavy wire frame around the perimeter.
 

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I have seen loads of these paddle strops and have always been curious about them. Does the leather stay flat on them? I use a rather cheap one that has no backing and warps a little, making it pretty useless sometimes
if the leather is not flat it will be useless for razors.
 

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if the leather is not flat it will be useless for razors.
This is what I use. It is very cheap and I use the rough side of it. The smooth side warps a lot and that's why I started using the rough bit. I guess I shouldn't expect too much when it's so cheap, but I guess glueing it to a bit of wood wouldn't do any harm. Needa find a proper strop like the one Dave sells but they are hard to come by where I live
 

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I have one of those super-long leather strops from sharper-knives that I loaded with 1.0u diamond and use a bit like a paddle strop. Actually, it's so long that I tuck one end under my chin and hold it like a violin and stroke the knife like a bow (only in one direction along the leather of course).
 

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This is what I use. It is very cheap and I use the rough side of it. The smooth side warps a lot and that's why I started using the rough bit. I guess I shouldn't expect too much when it's so cheap, but I guess glueing it to a bit of wood wouldn't do any harm. Needa find a proper strop like the one Dave sells but they are hard to come by where I live
There's a razor strop retailer in the UK that is supposed to have some nice strops, both hanging & mounted, but I can't recall the business name. If I can find a link I'll post it.
 

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There is always Mr. Tony Miller in the UK. I do love his work.
 

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Thanks Mainaman, you're right, guess I should have double checked before submitting.
 

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clean that sucker up nd re load it and go to town i have a block strop and 3 hanging strops cant ever get too many :)
 

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Thats a good find. I use various home made paddle type strops. My touch ups strop is 1mm veg tan leather course side up to hold starky blue compound, then balsa/chrome oxide and a smooth leather one to finish. Knives and razors.:D
 

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Can you please advise where to get some Starky Blue? If needs be, I may ask my brother in the UK (Glocs) to forward it to me.
 

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Hello Seb, Starky sharp don't seem to have a website anymore but I have a phone number for them if it still works, I get mine from longstrider on british blades, he deals with them direct. I'll pop you a pm.
 

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I'll put up a link to a seller in a bit, is bookmarked on my other comp
 

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I don't know much about straight razors and i know nothing about stropping them. However I was going to make a thread asking a few questions as I taught it would be fun to make a few.

What is the preferred weapon of chose, the strap, paddle, or hard flat mounted? Is the hanging strop just the old time classic and a flat mounted would work better, or does the handing strap still have it's advantages?

I have made flat mounted Strops before so the rest of my questions are in regards to the hanging strap type strop.

1) how do they work? I know a hanging strop is useless for knives so how/ why do they work on razors?

2) What's the best length and what's the "preferred"/ classic length ( I know they may be different)?

3) i have seen ones with a canvas back strap. Is this a additional strop or just a fancy backing? If it's a 2nd strop what is it's used for? Also is it canvas, what is the texture/ weave like, Is it like denim?

4) on that last link posted to the english made strop that guy says he uses:
heavy duty cotton and genuine linen, hard wool felt[\quote]
What is the best here? I would think felt would cause problems, water + felt = bad news? I would think that Belgium linen canvas would be the most luxurious, but would it be the best preforming? I think the weight and weave would be the biggest factors here?

That guy also says he uses:
I use fine cowhides, the best latigo leather, excellent english bridle leather, superb shell cordovan leather [\quote]
first side note he is lying he's not using Shell cordovan he's using but straps, much cheeper then Shell and would definitely make for a better strop as the Shells are very thin and starchy. That brings me to my next question:
What's the best leather to use? I have always herd/ thought horsehide as the unique cell structor creates a nice drag, it's abrasive & water resistance? I find it works best on the hard mounted Strops I have made for knives. So what's up with the cowhide and latigo, any advantages?

Is there anything you find "missing" on most strops? You know sometimes as a daily user you find things that would improve the design of things, kind of like what we de here with kitchen knives.
 
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