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    I've heard that its possible to strop DE blades, and maybe get a few more shaves out of them.

    Is that true? If so, then how do you do that?

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    You carefully use the palm of your hand (near the edge under the little finger). I've tried it, I can't say for sure if it works

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    Yup. I've tried palm/hand stropping, stropping on leather, and stropping on jeans. Dulled a few de blades but can't say as that I made any sharper. A couple times I THOUGHT I did but if ya gotta think about it then it probably didn't happen. I have heard others having success at this but in the end they are so cheap to buy (even feathers) that i didn't see the use except for novelty and such. Just my experience. YMMV.
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    Considering the quantity of vintage mechanical de blade stroppers out there, I assume it worked.

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    You'll hear guys talk about running a DE blade around the smooth inside of a water glass. I don't know whether it works, but it seems to be a thing that went on.
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    There are plenty of devices on the market yet for such. Shop around. I stropped some by hand on leather and newspaper. Any "razor hones" you find that are curved by design are made for DE/SE type blades.

    how would it not work? honing and stropping don't care the shape of the blade.

    then i bought a 100 count lot of blades and promptly began converting to SR.

    Can't find a friggin' pic when i want one. Anyhoo, plenty of mechanical devices and simple concave/hollow hones made exactly for that purpose for many years. You (now) should recognize one when you see it.





    and 100 more:

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    Shavers had been stropping for a thousand years before "throw away blades" came to market. (Throwing useful things away is a product of modernism.) And so there was a very long "un-learning" of the masses how to have a sharp blade. PLUS blades might not have been readily accessible in the outer reaches of civility, so you used 'em UP. Thus all the DE stropping.

    Heck I have some original three-holers I may strop up and try.
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    I don't know anyone that strops them everyday. I do know several that will strop or "cork" before the first use, to smooth the edge a little.

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    My father used to do the "swipe inside the glass trick" he claimed to get a few more decent shaves out of it. Worth a try.
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    Many thanks for all the info. Interesting!

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    Stropping DE blades has not worked for me and it has only made the blade worse. DE blades get ruined very easily and because they are so cheap why bother.
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