|Description: A strip of leather in an elongated paddle shape with a hole at one end for hanging. The leather is Accessioned April 1967.
History: A razor strop (an old name for strap) is a flexible strip of leather or canvas used for sharpening razors. To be most effective, straight blade razors (also called cut throat razor) must be kept sharp. The edge on these razors is delicate and easily bent so it is recommended to strop the blade before each use. Some times an abrasive paste was put on the strop to hone the edge or the strop would have a liven or canvas backing embedded with a fine abrasive used to attain a sharp edge before the final polishing with the leather side. Blades were sharpened periodically with a razor.|
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