Advice on strops

filobiblic

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Wow, a bit quiet in this section of P&C...

For those of you who shave with a straight, for a beginner (or reflecting on your own start) which of these strops would you suggest:

Option A: Cheap
This strop ain't pretty but for US$15 (+ postage) it's worth learning on...
> Bottom line: Leather is leather and you'll slice your first strop

Option B: Functional
This strop will work just fine for A$50 (+ postage). Local company so faster ship time is nice.
> Bottom line: Is it really a step up in value for money?

Option C: Quality
This strop will caress your razor straight to sleep... For US$104 (+ postage) it's the most exy, but look - it's on sale!
> Bottom line: Niiiiiiiice. But don't cut me!

They all say "Get the best you can afford" but is it necessary if I'm likely to cut it to ribbons?
Will I cut my strop as a beginner?

Throw your thoughts my way please!
 

possumbelly

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I got a rich man strop from The Whipped Dog. Not a luxury product but seemed like a good quality starter without going overboard. Still finding my straights a challenge so this strop had suited me fine for now.
 
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Which ever one you pick, my suggestion is to first practice with a very dull razor or a butter knife. This way you'll have soon muscle memory to fall back on went you use the real thing.
 
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I just use a dovo from mens biz. The cuts I gave it while learning I just sanded out. I used fine sandpaper and rubbed on the leather evenly. Now it works fine and is nice and smooth.
 

filobiblic

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Thanks @possumbelly , @Johnus and @Ybbor for your comments.
I think I'll get a moderate cheapie. That way, I can practise and not be afraid to learn. I'll want to ramp it up and get a better strop in the long run. Seems like most shavers have a few strops - just like everything else in shaving!
 

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Actually, don't discount Kangaroo.
I've heard good things about it and intend to experience that first hand one day.
 

filobiblic

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Actually, don't discount Kangaroo.
I've heard good things about it and intend to experience that first hand one day.
Thanks for the suggestion. I've only seen a kangaroo strop on Straight Razor Designs in US. Haven't seen one in Oz but assume there should be plenty around. Heard they are thin with a light draw.
 
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On the kangaroo strop, I believe that I bought one from a forum member here about a year ago. Very nicely made, yes, it is thin and has a light draw.
Worth adding to a collection.
 

filobiblic

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On the kangaroo strop, I believe that I bought one from a forum member here about a year ago. Very nicely made, yes, it is thin and has a light draw.
Worth adding to a collection.
Thanks Johnus.
I ended up buying an 'entry level' strop. I'm going to cut my teeth on it and really learn Stropping well.
After I have much more experience of straight shaving under my belt, I'll be in a better place to try a few more quality strops. I'll also know what to look for and what i might like.
 
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