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    I was recently traveling and realized I forgot my strop. I was going to hand strop when I had the idea to use my forearm instead. I thought the forearm is smoother then my hand and I can do longer laps. I was amazed how good the results were. I also used the Murray Carter technique of taking newspaper on the table surface which also works very well. When home I use my Mastro Livi loom strop but if I am not going to be away for more then a week, my arm and newspaper work just fine.
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    I have also found that stropping on my thigh while wearhing blue jeans works quite well. When I am honing, that is normally how I strop before testing the edge.

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    In the beginning, I stropped with a newspaper and jeans for quite a long time before finally buying my first strop.

    Worked awesome.

    Never tried the forearm though.

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    correct technique (spine forward) is important
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    For beginners it's always best to use your non dominant arm in case you nick it
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    I tend to use my forearm a lot when honing to clean off the edge before I strop on my linen or cordovan. When I travel, I take a gentleman’s set and don’t bring a strop. I found I can get many great shaves without a stropping and with two razors I am good for a week. If I NEED to strop I have two forearms.
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    We're taking things in another direction here, but if you want to strop on your thigh while wearing pants, I find that Duluth Trading Co.'s fire hose line works quite well. Carhartt's line as well.
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    The older you get the better skin stropping gets cause your skin gets that much more leathery.
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    Knowing that newbies sometimes slash their first leather strops, I hate to think what a lapse of attention might result in with forearm stropping.
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    Why not use your cheeks to strop?

    When you shave you use the sharp side and trust yourself.
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