Do you know what a strop is? A strop is defined as a flexible strip of leather or canvas used for sharpening a razor. So that's something new you learned from me and which I learned as well. I guess you see these strops at barber shops where they offer open-blade shaving.
I saw this documentary once about shaving. How shaving is essentially a thing about trust. Like choosing that particular barber for your haircut, you must be specially careful and picky when choosing someone to shave you. As a woman, that is a very difficult concept for me. I wouldn't dare go to a person and ask them to shave me with an open blade. I am always wary of blades and knives. So, it's a thrill for me to watch men do it. How easy they trust their necks and faces to virtually strangers which they get to meet once in a while or perhaps never at all. There are even barbers in other countries who have their stalls, if you can even call them that, which is just actually composed of a chair, mirror, their blades and shaving cream and water plus after shave. Men walk by and then those thinking that need a shave just grab the chair and have themselves shaved. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.
But in this day and age of electric shaving, razors and other stuff, we should call shaving with an open blade, an art. It is the art of trusting. It is also an art because the barber must be careful to get that smooth shave because blades can nick the skin of the customers. They should also sterilize their stuff and perhaps keep first aid kits ready. I imagine a strop like a knife sharpener of a butcher. I can see it now. A man sharpening his blade on the strop. Draping a towel over the neck. Lathering the man's face with shaving cream. Careful scraping of the beard or mustache whichever comes first. Do guys get tickled? Wouldn't that be dangerous?
But my favorite part is the scent of the after shave when everything's been said and done. Plus, I love to look at clean faces. It makes a guy look neater when his face is being seen.
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