JimR said:I guess I have tested mine in the long term, in that it is the only linen I have used for nearly 2 years. It works fine. It is, in fact, a really good linen. More people have complimented the linen than have said anything negative about it.
is far to vague, coming from the seller of the strops and the guy who has direct access to the maker.JimR said:If used properly, I honestly believe the linen will help preserve your edges.
The linen is stiff with a coarse weave. Many tend not to use it, preferring other linens, myself included. But, I want to do some testing (of a possibly destructive nature ) on mine... If you were to buy a Kanayama (excellent strops in any case) and didn't like the linen, I would be willing to trade you the linen for a supple, hand finished linen component.
JimR said:Exactly, Bart: Gary, Chris and Torolf. Three people. I've seen maybe three comments on SRP. So six. If other people aren't saying anything, then it must not be too bad, so I'm going to stick to that number.
TM280 said:I find that in the recent Kanayama thread elsewhere there seems to be a high "emperor's new clothes" factor in play. My own experience doesn't support the claims of overall exclusivity.
JimR said:When there are more people complimenting something than complaining, and when the people complaining have never said anything more than "I don't like it." then I have to believe it's a matter of taste, rather than of quality. No beating around the bush. Just what I see to be true. So Torolf's definition of "many" is three...mine is a bit higher.
garyhaywood said:I have honed three razors one my own one for Chris of his vintage Coticule and one for some one else. I actually love the second component. It feels like velvet followed by cordovan which has slight less draw but finishes great, has much more draw than any horse hide.
The shaves of these three razors have been outstandingly smooth. I'm sure its due to these leathers and of course the Coticule. I used TM (Tony Miller) linen. The only reason why is because it does show a big difference on the HHT which is what I'm looking for. The Kanayama linen seems to not do anything for me in that department. I have compared them side by side.
I met a man two days ago who shaves off a pasted strop: no linen, no clean leather. I don't doubt for one second that it works for him and could probably work for any other person. But that is besides the point. There are people shaving with a cartridge razor. They don't require any strops, pastes or sharpening stones. It's all a matter of chosen paradigm. I like to get by with a natural Belgian rock, a strap of cloth and the strap of leather. It's a choice. The question remains how the strop of cloth we're discussing right now can be put to meaningful use in that paradigm.stalker said:personally, i don't use the linen because don't have on the livi loom strop
JimR said:Chris, I use Kanayama linen every day. I have for a long time, and never have I once felt anything like the vibrations you describe. Can I ask you, when you strop, how much pressure are you using? Is the strop straight or does it deform/bend when you strop?