That's what I assume is happening.
Originally Posted by D'Brie
In the trade of musical instrument repair and making wooden instruments by hand, this is regular practice in my experience - to strop on the palm of your hand - after sharpening a cutting edge.
I agree that it is unlikely stainless steel would be helped by this but softer metals that are being "sharpened" as the work is being done are "de-burred" this way. (If you are actively using cutting tools by hand for hours in a day this becomes like wiping sweat from your forehead - you do it with no thought ...)
The view that shaving (or any aspect of one's life) may be artful is not shared by all - because it is civilized, lyric and pure. These are acquired obsessions.