How many strops do you own?

Discussion in 'Strops/Stropping' started by Rusty Blade, Jun 26, 2019.

    How many strops do you own? New, vintage or home made. Pictures are worth a thousand words. Do you have a favourite?
  1. Bout twenty . Tony Miller is used most and the kanayama llama is after the stones. Have a few good vintage horse . Oh and the Illinois linen is number one in my book.
  2. I should say, I own 5. Three vintage and 2 moderns. My daily go-to is a 2.5 inch Buffalo. Waiting for one to be restored by a friend and when it arrives I will take a picture and post.
  3. mrlandpirate

    mrlandpirate Contributor

    3 leather, 3 fabric , 4 balsa
  4. SliceOfLife

    SliceOfLife Contributor

    6 right now. Probably had 20 or so total since I started. I generally don't hoard strops like I do most things (soap, razors, stones, brushes)... probably because they're hard to find in good vintage condition at reasonable prices. It happens, but often a nos or nearly vintage strop sells for MORE than a similar quality modern... and restoration can be a lot of work on slightly damaged ones, and people LOVE hiding serious damage with bad pictures on eBay. Just a really high risk, high work, low reward thing to collect in my experience.

    That said, I've got a Dubl duck, a Pearl duck, a Freeman 588-x, a "Moose" shell, and an Ambrose and a Kanayama. First four are vintages.
  5. I have two, one is a latigo that was my first strop still have it almost ten years on. Second is a kangaroo srp strop that I use all the time.

    Tempted to grab a kanayama right now though.
  6. joamo

    joamo Contributor

    24 strops, nope, 28.
    I do collect them.
  7. Four.
    Three by Tony Miller..Rough out, Steer-Dovan, Spanish bridle.
    One Herold Russian Oil Tanned
    All see a lot of duty but I seem to find the TM Rough out and Herold Russian in my hands most often
  8. One. TM plain vanilla. Haven't nicked it in a couple months so maybe time to invest in another?
  9. Oops just bought a kanayama 80k
  10. Currently have 4, 2 Vintage illinois strops 6452's,1 modern Illinois russian, and just got the one shown in the picture below (koken scotch shell). Im still working on conditioning the Koken slowly. Wish I could get the wave out of it tho.


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  11. 2 ¹/²

    WCS Latigo (first strop, daily use for a year)
    Tony Miller SteerDovan (my current daily use strop)
    And a Thiers Issard block strop (8" or so) that I almost never use.
  12. 6 strops with thoughts of purchasing a seventh. I've found myself gravitating to the old 2-1/2" standard, so I don't use the first few 3" strops I picked up when I started 7 years ago.

    Right now, my favorite alternates between a Pelican '0P' and a Tripoli Boar-hide.

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