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    Where does linen fit into the stropping routine? Do you always do it before/after you use the razor or is it something that is done once-in-a-while?
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    As for me, I use my linen prior to leather each use (~30). Sometimes a little more if I just honed the razor.
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    20 laps before leather, but honestly, I have been very lazy and have been using horsehide only with no linen component.

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    I do 30-40 laps before leather prior to shaving. I have a second linen component for cleaning the blade after my shave, another 20-30 laps.

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    Hopefully Bob won't mind if I sorta hijack this thread with a followup question. Is there a difference between real linen, cotton, or polyester material. I have all 3, but not enough experience yet to tell much difference.
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    I hope real linen is the best of all because that's what I got when I purchased my TM strop!
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    Quote Originally Posted by strop View Post
    Hopefully Bob won't mind if I sorta hijack this thread with a followup question. Is there a difference between real linen, cotton, or polyester material. I have all 3, but not enough experience yet to tell much difference.

    cotton and linen seem to be pretty similar and work well. Linen is a little more coarse than cotton so it works a little better.

    Poly is too slick and doesn't have much draw to it, so I don't feel like it does a whole lot by itself. I use poly for diamond or magic dust sprays.

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    My opinion is natural linen does seem to have just enough abrasiveness to help maintain the keeness of an edge. I also found you need to have some speed in your stroke as well as a little pressure. Slow light pressure didn't seem to do much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superbleu View Post
    cotton and linen seem to be pretty similar and work well. Linen is a little more coarse than cotton so it works a little better.

    Poly is too slick and doesn't have much draw to it, so I don't feel like it does a whole lot by itself. I use poly for diamond or magic dust sprays.
    Do you use the poly hanging or flat? What grit on the diamond spary? For daily use or just occasional?
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    The linen vs cotton discussion has been pretty will worked over. My interpretation of the results are, it's a personal preference. I prefer linen an do 30-40 laps every day before hitting the leather.
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    where would buy a strip of 3" linen seamed/closed on the ends

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