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How do you condition a strop?

Bruce
Granby, CT

 

Conditioning a strop is much simpler than most people think. The natural oils from your hands are enough to keep an undamaged strop in fine shape. Simply rub the strop back and forth with your palm and your skin's oil will help your strop remain nice and supple. I usually do it daily after each use, but it is not necessary. You won't see a difference in the color of the strop, but the oils from your skin will keep the leather soft and conditioned. If you have a heavily worn antique strop that hasn't seen the light of day for decades, then a neatsfoot oil treatment may be in order. Start with very little and rub it in with your palm, adding a tiny bit at a time as needed. Let the strop dry at least overnight before you begin to use the strop again.

 

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