Fields of application
Strops without compounds can be used before every shaving. Strops with compounds, however, should only be used to align the blade’s edge and increase its efficiency after honing the straight razor with a stone.
How to use
Attach the ring of the hanging strop to a fixed place. Hold the other end of the strop tightly; the strop should not sag. Strop the blade on the leather; go slow and easy with light pressure, as stropping does not require a lot of pressure. Always drag the knife backwards on the strop.
Before you start stropping, put an abrasive compound or oil on the leather, to attain an even better result.