Audio Recording "Then you take the razor strap, and this is called honing: strapping the razor."

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Title
"Then you take the razor strap, and this is called honing: strapping the razor."
Contributor Names
McDowell, Rev. Louis (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-08-30
Subject Headings
-  Vocational education
-  African Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Work processes
-  Family-run businesses
-  Barbershops
-  McDowell's Barber Shop (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Reverend Louis McDowell, owner, McDowell's Barber Shop.
-  Summary of audio segment: (Do you know how to strop the razor?) Honing the razor. (He goes to demonstrate it) The procedure was that you take the razor and sharpen it and turn it over and do it on the smooth side, and that puts an edge on it (demonstrates it). Then after that, you go over your fingernail with it to test it. Today, you use a stone to sharpen it. (Know barbers who do rhythms?) Yes, but you have to be very careful; some used to play hambone on it (demonstrates: "Hambone, hambone where you been? Round the corner and back again."). I never did practice doing it. I have some old straps at home; I was taught better how to do it at barber school, "Make your wrist do the work." Taught to use my wrist; you can do it faster. You always keep this razor closed; never let it be open because it's a dangerous weapon. If you cut someone, the law would hold you because this is a very dangerous weapon.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A022
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.sla02209
Online Format
audio

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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Mcdowell, Rev. Louis, and Susan Levitas. "Then you take the razor strap, and this is called honing: strapping the razor.". -08-30, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip002840/. (Accessed July 23, 2017.)

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McDowell, R. L. & Levitas, S. (1994) "Then you take the razor strap, and this is called honing: strapping the razor.". -08-30. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip002840/.

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Mcdowell, Rev. Louis, and Susan Levitas. "Then you take the razor strap, and this is called honing: strapping the razor.". -08-30, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip002840/>.