I would hope that whoever honed your razor for you would have stropped it up as a final test, since he most likely would have given it a test shave, so I'd recommend not stropping first. That's simply because rolling the edge is a common faux pas for an inexperienced stropper, so you might ruin your edge and not even know it. You get lousy shaves, and never know why. Better to get the feel for what the edge should be before you take a chance on hosing it up.
I strop before & after. Before to smooth the edge, and after to make sure there's no residual debris or moisture. I don't think there is such a thing as stropping "too much". I usually do 20 on buffed & 50 on smooth before I shave, but that will vary some depending on the razor. there is no hard & fast "right" answer, just go trial & error. Pick a number, then if your shave feels a little rough, add 5 or 10 laps next time. Eventually you'll find your comfort level.
Last edited by Price; 01-20-2012 at 07:28 AM.
I Conquered the 2012 Shave Purchase Sabbatical
It really is all James' fault.
(Okay, maybe Owen had something to do with it as well.)