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2014 Badger & Blade Awards – Strops

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At Badger & Blade, we’re fascinated with and inspired by exceptional quality. We expend tireless efforts to find, review and share items that stand out from the pack. The Badger & Blade Awards are designed to recognize products of special significance – those which rise above the rest. The finest products are not mere inanimate objects; rather, they are works of art, tirelessly crafted by artisans and truly distinctive. In that spirit, we are proud to announce the award winner for best in class strop:

Heirloom Razor Strop Company ($78)

Tony Miller, the craftsman behind Heirloom Razor Strop Company is the inventor behind the modular strop. Copies of his strop are sold by nearly every retailer and dozens of makers now use his design, but if you want the original, you’re looking at an heirloom strop from Tony.

What makes Tony and his strops different is that he doesn’t operate like a normal business. Tony doesn’t make as many strops as he can, sell them and expand his business. In fact, this is why you see so many copies of Tony’s work – as Tony can’t keep up with the demand from retailers. Instead of compromising his product quality by expanding faster than his ultra-prime hide supply allows or expand his operation and distribute to retailers, thereby increasing the cost to the consumer, Tony plods away with his unique business model. He posts on his website when he’s going to accept orders. You place an order during the ordering window and Tony makes strops and fills the orders based on the availability of premium hides and his time. In return, you get a flawless razor strop built to last a lifetime for only $78.

Tony’s razor strops are the finest built strops at any price and set the standard for premium cowhide razor strops.

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Ordering windows for Tony Millers Heirloom Razor Strops are posted here.

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