When I first started using a straight razor, I got the Poor Man's Strop Kit from Larry at Whipped Dog and thus far, it's worked out pretty well. I decided to upgrade my strop now that I've stuck with it for a bit and my stropping technique is pretty good, and I invested in Straight Razor Designs 3 Black Latigo Strop with D-Rings - $59.99 :.
It arrived today and I tested it out before my shave. I did about 40 strokes on the fabric first and 60 on the leather side. Now, as far as the shave itself goes, it didn't feel uncomfortable. I only do two passes since I have fairly sensitive skin and I did feel a little burning as I finished up the second pass. I finished with alum, Thayer's and some face lotion and about 15 minutes later, HOLY HELL! I had some of the worst razor burn I've ever experienced.
Now, I am definitely not going to point fingers at the strop saying it's a bad strop (I truly don't think it is), but that was the only thing that's changed in my routine.
So, my question is this: How much does the stop REALLY matter? One hypothesis I have is that the new strop made the blade significantly more sharp that my old stop was and as a result, I used too much pressure. Another hypothesis is that I screwed something up that I didn't know about buying a new strop.
So, any ideas?