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    Hay all
    I just got this strop from ebay and it seems to work wonders. It has a thin shell side and a thick regular leather side. The thicker side is a bit cracked and I was wondering if I should condition the other dry spots as well. I was thinking about using this strop clean and I suspect there is some old paste on the strop that is making it work so well.
    Or maybe the dry leather works better?

    A local baber took a quick look and said work oil in with the spine of razor.

    Should I not worry about old grit and just use a few drops walrus oil on the dry spots?


    Should I level the cracks with lapping film , dust and vacuum and then use walrus leather oil?

    Should I use saddle soap to clean the old paste of the thick side?

    Thanks all for your support.
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    Shell strops were usually the thin Cordovan pasted to a thicker leather. The thick side, you can use any kind of leather conditioner out there and cleaner too. Personally, I like Bick Products. For the cordovan side you need to be more careful. Probably a VERY light application of oil is about all I would use.

    Normally shell doesn't need anything.
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    I found an old barber manual with care info for shell strop.https://naturalwhetstones.com/razor-...-stone-methods.
    Basically progression sanding while wet then polishing with a dry rag to create glassy surface. It works well.
    I will add that fingernails will scratch the strop in the final step so using a block for the dry step helps. Also a crape block helps as leather clogs the sandpaper.Name:  IMG_20230908_174214413.jpg
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    Here is the shell strop in the first pic
    Last edited by mattnat; 09-11-2023 at 11:45 PM.

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    Looks perfect. No more sandee!
    Just rub it and use it!

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