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Leather Strops & Sharpening Stones

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Leather Strops & Sharpening Stones

Leather Strops & Sharpening Stones - New Zealand

Maintaining your straight razor is crucial and is an integral part of the traditional cut-throat shaving ritual. Before each shave, ensure you strop your razor with a leather strop. This process keeps the blade's edge straight, polished, and free from debris.

Additionally, revitalise your blade's edge using a Shapton Glass Stone, which sharpens without needing to be soaked.

What is a Leather Strop?

A leather strop is a strip of leather utilised to align and polish the edge of a straight razor, preserving its sharpness and smoothness.

Why Do I Need a Strop for My Straight Razor?

Stropping straightens the razor blade's microscopic teeth, helping to maintain its sharpness and ensuring a smooth shave. It also eliminates any minor nicks or burrs that may form during use.

How Do I Use a Leather Strop?

Hold the razor with the spine leading, and gently draw the blade away from the edge along the strop. Flip the blade over on its spine and repeat the process in the opposite direction. Apply minimal pressure to avoid damaging the edge.

What is a Sharpening Stone?

A sharpening stone is used to hone and sharpen the edge of a straight razor. These stones come in various grits and materials.

Why Do I Need a Sharpening Stone for My Straight Razor?

Even with regular stropping, a straight razor will dull over time and require honing. A sharpening stone is vital for restoring the blade's sharpness. Typically, a straight razor should be honed every few months or when stropping is no longer effective.

What Grit Sharpening Stone Should I Use for My Straight Razor?

  • Coarse stone (1000-3000 grit): Repairs nicks or reshapes the edge.
  • Medium stone (4000-8000 grit): Refines the edge.
  • Fine stone (10,000-12,000 grit or higher): Polishes the edge to achieve razor sharpness.

How Do I Use a Sharpening Stone?

If using a water stone, wet it first. Hold the razor at a consistent angle (usually around 20 degrees). Move the blade in a sweeping motion across the stone, ensuring even pressure and coverage. Repeat on both sides of the blade, progressing through finer grits.