How can I keep a sharp edge on my straight razor other then a basic stropping?
There are many ways to touch up the edge of your straight razor. First, instead of using your regular strop, get a separate strop and add an abrasive paste such as diamond paste or chromium oxide powder. You can also use a finishing hone to get your edge back. A barber's hone only takes about 5-10 strokes on lather or you can use a natural finishing stone, such as a Belgian coticule, and do 20-50 very light laps on water only. It is much easier to do a simple touch up at the first signs of a dulling edge instead of waiting and having to go much lower in a honing progression.