Straight razors do require some maintenance to keep them performing. Before every shave, you'll want to strop on one of our leather strops. Make sure you pick up a dressing to keep the leather soft and to avoid cracks. Eventually, you'll need to touch up the straight edge blade, or even more if you manage to damage the edge. The straight razor stone is a great all purpose hone and will get your razor back in tip top shape. If you just need a quick edge refinement, a leather strop and dressing is the way to go. If you're confused, contact us and we'll help out.