Could my character use a belt to strop a razor?
July 3, 2012 11:43 AM Subscribe
Straight razor question - would a leather belt be an acceptable strop? This is a question for a play I am working on.
posted by starvingartist to society & culture (13 answers total)
I am currently rehearsing the role of Jean in Strindberg's "Miss Julie". At one point in the play, I am supposed to exit, saying I am going to shave, and then shortly after that I reappear with a razor and strop and begin to strop the blade. I don't have a rehearsal razor or strop yet, so I improvised by taking off my belt and using that with my pencil as a stand-in "razor". My director really liked it and asked me if I could do that "on the night". I told her I would look into it, since I don't know anything about using a straight razor.
The setting of the play is the very early 1900s. Jean is a footman in a count's household. I am certain that he would actually have a real strop, but hypothetically, would a belt work just as well? Or would the act of stropping ruin the belt?