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    Default Will a nicked strop damage an edge?

    Do you guys know if stropping with a nicked piece of leather is detrimental to the edge?

    I am assembling my supplies and am worried about getting something decent and then having to get scrap it after eventual stropping errors.

    Ive read about sanding and gluing on Badger and Blade but haven't found any consensus on the issue.

    Thanks!

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    Mine has lots of minor nicks, my understanding is that as.long as there is nothing sitting proud of tge strop surface you should be fine, I just shave the flap off and lightly sand.
    I think that larger sections of damage would require a bit more attention.
    You are probably best to invest in a cheaper strop to start with. From what I have heard whipped dog does reasonably priced strop kits.
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    If the nick is not that bad you can go over it with fine sand paper. I have a vintage Hoffritz for 30 years and have done that and still use the strop daily.

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    I agree with Ed that a cheaper strop is a good place to start or something with replacement pieces. That said as long as the damage is minor you should have no problem fixing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eddy79 View Post
    I agree with Ed that a cheaper strop is a good place to start or something with replacement pieces. That said as long as the damage is minor you should have no problem fixing it.
    He-he, at last you get to agree with me rather than vice versa
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    Balderdash go buy one of those $500 kaniyamiguchi or what ever strops,every time you take a stroke,think,I paid $500 for this puppy
    You will never damage it,it will slow you down, it will make you think.
    I have two russian Horse butt strops from the 1940s,they mean more to me than my razors,they are both in prestine condition.
    when I strop I think, dude you cannot get them anymore,be very carefull never let you mind wander when stropping.
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    Hello... you seem proud / happy about the vintage strop. I was wondering, is there much of a noticeable difference between stops for quality / results? As a beginner, I am wondering how one strap of leather differs to another (apart from length, width etc). Is ther a difference between new strops or old? Would one benefit from finding an old piece / strap of leather and turning into a strop? If there are differences, what makes a good strop, how does one recognise a good strop from a bad one etc. Thank you, Andrew

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewJM View Post
    Hello... you seem proud / happy about the vintage strop. I was wondering, is there much of a noticeable difference between stops for quality / results? As a beginner, I am wondering how one strap of leather differs to another (apart from length, width etc). Is ther a difference between new strops or old? Would one benefit from finding an old piece / strap of leather and turning into a strop? If there are differences, what makes a good strop, how does one recognise a good strop from a bad one etc. Thank you, Andrew
    A great question,In my mind there is a diff between High quality leather verses poor quality leather.
    Will the edge of your blade know the diff?? probebly not.
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    Thanks for your reply. I agree there is definitely a difference between leather quality... I know from shoes etc, ie RM Williams vs Chinese leather shoes, but is interesting you think it may not impact much on the blade. I believe in paying what one need to get what one wants, but Im always up for saving a buck when possible.

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