Ask Aaron Q/A: A Beginner’s Guide to Straight Razor Honing

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Paul Morris, from the UK, asks:

“Help, I think I may have made some learner mistakes and I am trying to recover my kit condition. I bought a Dovo razor and one strop to learn straight razor shave with. My strop is now badly nicked in many places I am certain my Razor needs honing. Is it possible my razor now needs more than honing and is there anyway I can get more life out of my strop? If I need to Hone, what do I need and what do I need to know? Cheers Paul”


“Mr. Morris,
Congratulation on beginning the straight razor journey! You razor should be fine, and probably just needs honing. There is not enough space here to describe to you how to hone your razor (books have been written on the subject!), so I suggest sending it to someone to hone or walking up to your local barber and see if they can do it for you. I’m am sorry to hear of your strop, it’s hard for me to make a statement without seeing it. If it badly nicked over the length of the strop, you might want to consider getting another one. A good option is to check out some of the following forums and pick the brains of the experienced straight razor shavers there! I hope this helps!

Smooth Shaving!


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