Board strop

Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by Rusty blade, May 16, 2021.

  1. Rusty blade

    Rusty blade The Good Humor Man

    When I first started honing a number of years ago I purchased a board strop. I used it for several years and then switched to a hanging strop. Recently I have been restoring some antique store SRs that I accumulated and I rediscovered my board strop. What a pleasure to use! I realize in many ways I prefer a board strop to a hanging strop. The board forces you to keep the blade perfectly level and to go slow. Not that I am reckless with a hanging strop. The board strop encourages a more deliberate stopping motion.
    Anyone else out there prefer a board or paddle strop?
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  2. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    I find I only use a board/paddle strop when traveling, but it works. It does feel weird though, not bad, just a different sound.
  3. Mr. Oldschool

    Mr. Oldschool Johnny Dangerously

    I've often wished I had one, but I never seem to find them either a) in salvageable condition, or b) that I can afford. I'm contemplating making one using the leather I replaced on my Whipped Dog hanging strop last year. (Yeah, I didn't throw it away... You never know when it might come in handy )

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  4. Keithmax

    Keithmax Breeds Pet Rocks

    I use one for travel on the rare times I take a straight with me. I use a paddle strop when I hone, I use it between changing stones.
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  5. Karl G

    Karl G Well-Known Member

    I used a paddle strop for years before I finally tried a hanging strop (fairly recently.) I still use the paddle strop for some light touch ups with paste since it has interchangeable surfaces. However, I was surprised to find I like the hanging strops better. I think it’s probably a combination of better leather, an easier height, and the longer strokes they allow. :happy088:
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  6. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    Lay your hanging strop (leather only) on the edge of a table. Problem solved, zero cost. I do this with cheap leather and knives all the time.
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  7. Mr. Oldschool

    Mr. Oldschool Johnny Dangerously

    Ha ha, yes I've done that too! I don't personally like the ergonomics of doing a side to side sweep compared to a forward and back motion. I have one easy to use spot where I can get the right direction, but it involves stropping in the kitchen, which never seems right. Hence the consideration of a paddle strop. To each his own!

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  8. gssixgun

    gssixgun At this point in time...

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    I use a Bench Strop after honing on Kamisori, it works so well

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