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How long will the edge last WITHOUT stropping?

Let's assume the following:

The razors has been professionally honed by experienced honemaister.

So, if you do NOT strop at all, how many decent shaves can you get before it becomes unusable?

I know, I know - different types of beard, soaps, water hardness, etc, etc will all play its part, but let's assume all these other things being equal/average and it's a quality Solingen carbon steel 62 HRC.
 
I guess it will depend more on your level of an "acceptable edge". you could probably shave without stropping for a week, but I wouldn't really try a fool's pass with an edge that haven't been stropped for a week. The edge will slightly deform after each shave and it will be more pronounced the more you don't strop. And stropping after a week, it will be hard to bring an edge "back", as you have let it deform too much.
I haven't really tried this, this is more what I imagine it will be like. may be an interesting experiment, but my face will probably not thank me for it.
 
Depends on a lot, but won’t be too many. Try it and report back what you find.

I don’t want to punish myself to find out :p
 
Folks, I know it's crazy Q, but I've a rather pragmatic reason for asking it - the razor will likely arrive prior to strop and so I was just curious. I've been waiting for the damn razor for almost 2 months now, hopefully it's coming next week. That said, it seems the strop will take yet another couple of weeks... that's why I asked.
 
a lot of honers will have stropped before sending it to you, so you'll maybe have at least 1 stropped session.

some guys palm or arm strop. don't know how effective or comfortable that is. newspaper can be made into a makeshift strop. i guess be gentle.
 
Folks, I know it's crazy Q, but I've a rather pragmatic reason for asking it - the razor will likely arrive prior to strop and so I was just curious. I've been waiting for the damn razor for almost 2 months now, hopefully it's coming next week. That said, it seems the strop will take yet another couple of weeks... that's why I asked.
With only one SR it is hard to compare a stropped SR with one not stropped. Another good reason to matching SR's, preferably M7DS's.

As for your need to know, I would suggest that, while waiting for your real strop, you strop before each shave on fresh newspaper folded over say a towel rail.
 
With only one SR it is hard to compare a stropped SR with one not stropped. Another good reason to matching SR's, preferably M7DS's.

As for your need to know, I would suggest that, while waiting for your real strop, you strop before each shave on fresh newspaper folded over say a towel rail.
Well, actually I can get a paddle-strop in a shop here. They sell it with "Robert Klaas Solingen Paste", yellow one is for "leather care" and the red one is for "honing improvement".

Perhaps for a beginner like myself a paddle-strop might be easier to use...?

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If you get a new razor that has been professionally honed and stropped, always shave at least once with the razor before you try stropping it. Just like honing and shaving with a straight razor, stropping is a skill that needs to be learned. If you have a reasonable level of coordination, stropping is not difficult, but it is possible to ruin the edge of a razor by improper stropping. However, the edge can be restored, but it might need to be rehoned.

Go ahead and try to use the razor until the edge is no longer sharp enough or smooth enough to shave. Hopefully, by then, you strop will have arrived. However, there are lot of materials that can be used for stropping. Put on a pair of blue jeans and strop on your leg. Denim strops work. If you have access to a newspaper, you can fold it a couple of time and then strop on the newsprint. The ink used for printing has very fine abrasive particles that work well for stropping an edge. Some people strop on the palm of their hands. Obviously, you have to be careful not to cut yourself.
 
I don't know the answer to the question definitively, but, I can have a razor stropped and ready to shave, if I get sidetracked for a period of time, I'll do another 15 or 20 laps immediately pre shave.
 
I'm finding out in a little experiment that I am doing here:
 
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