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    Default Benefits of X-pattern stropping

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    Besides the need to treat the entire edge of a razor on a strop that is less than 3 inches wide are there other benefits of x-pattern stropping that you have observed?

    In my experience I find that the x-pattern allows for a better edge to leather contact and that there is a reduced risk of accidental nicks in comparison to the straight back and forth.

    What are your thoughts?

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    You pretty much answered your own answer with "Besides the need to treat the entire edge of a razor...". We shave with the entire edge, so stropping the entire edge on every stroke is quite important, otherwise you will have a very well stropped middle of the blade & the heal/toe of the razor will not be as well stropped.
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    Yes of course, but my question is of others have experienced other benefits. I for example, still prefer to do an x-motion even on a 3 inch strop.

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    The key is stropping the entire edge on each stroke, just like honing.

    Many of my razors have a truly flat edge, so a normal straight stropping motion contacts the entire edge. On a smiling razor, I have to use a x stroke to get the entire edge on each stroke. Other than that, it's just a preference thing...
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