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DIY is a good option for a budget strop. I made a 3" strop with a nice piece of leather from these guys:
Razor Strop Leather Strip 75mm 3 Inches Wide - artisanleather.co.uk - https://www.artisanleather.co.uk/razor-strop-leather-strip-75mm-3-inches-wide.html
Note the length: a generous 2ft...
I started out of curiosity. DE razors were a revelation when I discovered them. I used to think this ancient 50's technology must be obsolete, right? So I was curious to try straights too.
I guess the challenge of shaving with a naked edge appealed to me too.
I've kept it up because I enjoy...
I picked up a platinum preppy recently. I can't quite believe you can get such a good, solid performer at such a low price. You'd think it would be cheap junk but it's really good. Eye-dropper convertible.
Shavettes which use a half DE blade are very unforgiving but IMO an AC shavette loaded with one of the milder AC blades is much easier to use.
There will still be a learning curve, of course, but a much less daunting one.
Arko. Rub the stick around. Whip up a lather with a wet brush. Maybe add some more water for a nice slick lather (Arko can take quite a bit of water). The brush will hold enough to do a second or third pass.
Shallow angles help protect you from one type of cut but not another. You might need to increase the angle to get over a mole, for example.
I found the Feather blades too sharp out of the pack. Very easy to nick yourself. But after 4 or 5 shaves they lose some of their excessive sharpness. A...
Fully exposed DE blades are used in many shavettes. That's a great way to learn a light touch: your blood is a great teacher ;)
Seriously though, you do learn a lot about shaving with straights/shavettes. You develop a feel for how a very sharp blade can glide safely across...
I made a strop with a piece of veg-tanned cow hide 4mm thick, 3" wide, and 600mm long (two feet). It was advertised specifically for stropping.
Don't skimp on the length: one of the best things about making your own is the luxury of a nice long strop.
I'd recommend something sharp and consistent - some blades can vary a lot from shave to shave. Nacet is a good choice.
There is a razor blade sharpness study with more information on different types of blade but we're not allowed to link to it.