- I suspect the answer is yes.
As I stated in an earlier post (if that one went through that is! I have
hosts of email problems) the Harness Polishers in the Mendel Hausbuch
ad1450-1550 used an item which pictorialy bears a strong profile resemblence
to a piece of leather affixed to a wooden board with a handle at each end.
Each polisher has several of these items, implying to me several grades of
I will check Theopholis asap to ascertain his descriptions of polishing
To sharpen a blade, you would be working from grinding wheel to whetstone,
and then possibly to such strop rubbed with a polishing agent.
Marc, how old is the word Razor, and what does it mean?
From: Dave Hewitt (Will Styles) [mailto:historylive@...]
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2001 7:57 AM
Subject: [medieval-leather] Stropping
I asked a question earlier about a technique that you current use to
sharpen your tool to a fine edge, i.e. stropping. What I would like to
know is was this a technique used by the early craftsmen or is it
something more recent. The only reference to sharpening that I can
find is Harrison's reference to fine English wetstones in his
Description of England. A reply would be appreciated even in the
negative. My particular interest is in my role as a Tudor Barber.
Would I have sharpened my razors on a leather or on a wetstone?
Thanks in anticipation