All I needed to hear, so far your advice is making this stuff too easy and super nice. I'll get a little neats foot and beeswax and oil up my leather strop.Yeah try it and see. YMMV.
Me, I don't waste my time with any fabric component. I just strop strop strop on good honest hanging leather. No linen, no felt, no fire hose, no seat belt. But that's me. However I haven't found any magic material that will do anything that plain old compressed cowhide with a bit of neats foot and beeswax rubbed in, can't do. YMMV.
Hey no prob. And anybody who feels secondaries are important is free to think so. It is okay to disagree. That's a good thing on the internet cause we will, anyhow.I'm one who regards linen and several other secondary materials, as well as leather, as abrasives. At these high grit levels the distinction between honing and stropping is vague at best IMO, and I tend to call anything spine leading as stropping. Also if the hone/strop is too soft to support edge leading strokes, it is a strop in my mind.
I just wanted to point out that people who do not use abrasive pastes may well find fabric secondaries useful.
Different strokes for different folks applies particularly well here.
I hope you regarded the stick poke in the friendly way that the gesture was meant.