Strops and Strop Paste
Strops and Strop Paste
A good strop is essential if you shave with a cut throat razor. You need to strop the razor before each shave to ensure the razor is ready to use. We recommend spending more on a good quality strop that will last, the Parker Latigo strops are the best we stock.
There are also fine grades of strop paste and strop balm for you to choose from too.
If you need any advice on which shaving set is best for you, just get in touch. We are here to help you, call us on +44 (0)141 880 3040.
To maintain the correct cutting edge on your cut throat razor you will need to strop it before each shave. Stropping on a leather strop removes the fine burrs that form on the cutting edge of a cut throat razor (the fin). It is essential to strop a cut throat razor in order to get a comfortable, close shave. Strops come in a variety of sizes and styles; our range includes leather belt type strops, wooden paddle strops and adjustable strops.
A strop needs to be maintained, our range of strop pastes and balms include strop balms to help prevent your strop from cracking and prolonging its life and abrasive strop pastes. The Parker latigo leather strops have been pre-treated with conditioners and are the only strops that don’t require maintenance.
The razors we sell leave the workshop in a 'shave ready' condition. However, the cutting edge of the razor (the fin) may bend over ever so slightly. Stropping will right the fin. Razors bought from us should not need honed for at least 9 months if stropped properly. We recommend you watch some YouTube tutorial videos before your strop your razor. Many perfectly good razors are ruined by incorrect stropping; you need to learn this technique.
To prevent corrosion, after use, you must dry the razor thoroughly and store in a dry environment. A razor will benefit from a light application of razor oil if it's going to be stored for more than a few days between uses.
If you need any advice on the correct strop to buy, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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