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Sharpening straight razors
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Razors Edge    Posted 11-26-2003 at 12:34:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can anyone tell me the method to sharpen the old straight edge shaving razors? Where does one find a "Strop" nowadays?

screaminghollow    Posted 11-27-2003 at 00:24:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got two or three around someplace. My Dad used one to shave till a few years back. The first time I touched one, I laid my finger wide open (7 yr old) never wanted much to do with them after that. I never heard of a special stone for razors, but I have a real fine stone that isn't coarse enough to sharpen knives. Maybe that is what that stone is for.

TimV    Posted 11-26-2003 at 13:49:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got several of these that I inherited from my grandfather, along with a strop/stone unit. A couple of pointers: first, if the razor is dull, a strop WILL NOT sharpen it. A strop will only remove the burrs and straighten the edge--it will not remove any metal. In order to sharpen the razor, you need to use a stone, preferably one made specifically for razors, which will be VERY fine. A coarse stone will ruin a razor in one "sharpening". If you can't find a strop, a wide leather belt will do in a pinch. Most razors are set up so the correct sharpening angle can be held by laying the razor flat on the strop--the rear edge of the blade will hold the razor at the correct angle. Pull the razor along the strop, with the back of the blade leading the stroke--if you try to "push" the razor, you will cut the strop. Standard procedure is to take a half dozen strokes on one side of the blade, then turn the razor over and repeat on the other side. Now test the razor (I use my arm or leg) and see if it will shave hair. If not, keep stropping.

Hogman    Posted 11-26-2003 at 13:42:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try lemans or Cumberland Country Store. You'll need a good Hone as well as the strop. Always stroke away from the edge and use the ridge on back of blade as guide. As You work You should just roll over the back at end of each stroke. Real simple and quick one You learn the rhythm. A great way of Shaving and splendid method of removing unwanted Facial tissue,possible reason for the invention of Safty Razors.

In the past I have collected Them but quit using same some 60 Years ago.

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