bdlehr - Have you scrubbed, dried oiled and re-dressed the strop as per Greg's thread? I used some rejuvinated rolls strop dressing. after the out of lid honing you will need at least sixty stropping strokes. Looks like you are on the way, It took me three (honing + 60 strops) cycles before my 1950 blade was up and running. You will get there in the end.