I have recently gotten into the old single edge razor sets with the non-disposable blades that require some maintenance, like the Rolls Razor. Two of my sets need new strops, and I'm trying to decide if I should do this myself or find someone who can cut the strops for me. One of them is a Darwin Universal set, which has a very thin leather strop attached to a metal plate. This looks pretty straightforward to replace - just cut a piece of leather of the right thickness to the right length and width, and it can be installed quite easily. The other is one for which I do not have a template - it is a leather strop that came with a Henckels Rapide set. I do not have the leather strop, but I do have the stropper that runs along the strop (kind of like the Valet Autostrop).
So what I'm wondering is, how difficult would it be for me to source the leather and do this myself? Or could anyone direct me to a hobbyist or vendor that could help me to replace these strops?
Yes, Neil has made strops for Valets and could probably do the Rapide if he has a template already. Personally, if I needed a Rolls strop I would watch ebay for a cheap one with good leather. You could certainly try your own but the thickness is important. Same for the Darwin. Use nice supple leather and use soap lather to condition the strops for those two. The Rapide was sometimes sold with a stropping handle. You could just use any SE blade Stropper handle and a piece of leather on a bench.
You may just want to start with one and see how it goes. In general, folks struggle to get a comfortable shave edge restoring these blades.
Thanks for the great advice. I have asked Neil about making a Rapide strop, but I have yet to hear back from him,
As for the Darwin, I have successfully replaced the strop myself, using a piece of "furniture leather" from Tandy. The salesperson assured me the scrap I bought was real leather, and it seems to be. The thickness matches that of the original strop, but the leather is more supple. I "deglazed" it then treated it with neatsfoot oil before attaching it to the Darwin strop plate. I think it is going to work perfectly.
wchnu: I would sue if they did not use a proper razor.
Sept 15, 2017 18:51:35 GMT -6
GarnerPW: I was not conscious when I was shave. They slipped me a mickey.
Sept 16, 2017 10:46:48 GMT -6
birdlives: They probably did that because they had a ninja shaver armed with an unmentionable contracted from B&B to make the shave....get your attorney to get full disclosure and video of the shave. If you were touched by a unmentionable, 'sic Fuzzy on them!!
Sept 16, 2017 14:02:47 GMT -6
RocketMan: My wife is a nurse at a local hospital and brought me home a razor they use for such fun - it is an UM style (unmentionable!) made of plastic and dull as a a Derby blade run over some sandpaper - maybe one of those was used???????
Sept 17, 2017 18:28:54 GMT -6
wchnu: Yup Ibet your right. Prolly gave him koodies too.
Sept 17, 2017 18:39:39 GMT -6
wchnu: If I liked him more I might actually feel bad about that.
Sept 17, 2017 18:54:02 GMT -6
wchnu: Did I type...THAT... Outloud???? Oops
Sept 17, 2017 18:54:28 GMT -6
birdlives: I hear nothing....I see nothing.....Hospital Koodies.......Yeaagh!!!! A DE with a Derby!!! NOPE!!! I hear nothing...I see nothing...If I go under the anesthesia, I'm taking someone I can trust to WATCH all that business....I can trust you guys, RIGHT ?
Sept 17, 2017 19:18:03 GMT -6
wchnu: Why yessss you can...uhhuh,..sure can...most the time anyway.
Sept 17, 2017 19:35:00 GMT -6
birdlives: What about that Canadian Rocket Dood? Can I trust him too?
Sept 17, 2017 19:38:22 GMT -6
wchnu: Hard to say....but prolly so.
Sept 17, 2017 22:40:17 GMT -6
GarnerPW: I just read what you wrote there Fuzz or should I say Mr. Fuzz. And all this time I thought you liked me.
Sept 18, 2017 4:38:29 GMT -6
GarnerPW: Don't trust him there Bird. You know what they say, "You can't trust the Man/Fuzz". The Canuck, is alright though.
Sept 18, 2017 4:43:20 GMT -6
birdlives: I don't know......Have you seen what that crazy Canuck does in a bath tub?
Sept 18, 2017 13:31:26 GMT -6
GarnerPW: No what???
Sept 18, 2017 13:33:24 GMT -6