Is there any detailed how-to documents floating around on breaking in a new strop? I've been trying to find info on this for a while, and all I ever see are glancing comments about just rubbing lather into it, or something of the sort.
Tony Miller said:Steve,
The Illinois #827 is an odd beast really. At least a year ago when I sold them there were actually the rough side of the hide, dyed and compressed to appear smooth. The reverse side, against the linen was scored with ridges as part of the comoressing process. Some were very nice and I paired them with an Illinois #127 and a single line as my "Tri-Strop". These were popular sellers but I could not get consistant quality from Illinois and dropped the line.
catatonic said:Yep, that's exactly how my 827 was when it arrived .......I had this large "ridge" for lack of a better word in the dead center of the leather...............
Tony Miller said:Glen,
I remember you posting about that. I have never pumiced mine or anyone elses strops. I will have to try this.
Can you elaborate on how much pumicing you do or what kind of surface I am trying to achieve?