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Need help selecting a strop

Gentlemen:

I've been using a straight almost a year, and the more I use it, the less I'm using a DE. In short, I'm getting proficient.

I've been using a cheap starter strop I was given with my first straight. its inexpensive leather alongside a denim strop.

I believe it is time to upgrade. I need some help and I don't want to spend over $50. What do you recommend for a good strop at that price that will last.

Also, here's been my stropping method. I've recently forgone any stropping on the canvas, and I start my shave with about 30 passes on the strop (a pass is one back and forth pass).

Thanks.
 
I understand picking up a piece of horsehide by way of comparison, but why more than one of the other three?
I originally wanted just 2 cotton pasting strops. One for, Cr2O3 other for Fe2O3. And the Old No. 2.

I already have an Ezra Arthur horsehide strop, and wanted to get the Old No. 2. Thought it would be nice to have a Steer hide Strop to compare to the horsehide.

After thinking (too much, as I often do) about it, balancing out the amount of time I have left in the apocalyptic situation we may currently be in, and for just a nickel more. All things (in my life) considered. I could add two “8 to 9 oz. Premium Steer hide Leather strops, that have a nice light draw”, to my cotton pasting strops. As expected, they are a sweet combination, and I don’t have to worry so much about cross contaminating.

My current Horsehide has a couple of nicks, one pretty bad. Thus the horsehide blank.
 
I originally wanted just 2 cotton pasting strops. One for, Cr2O3 other for Fe2O3. And the Old No. 2.

I already have an Ezra Arthur horsehide strop, and wanted to get the Old No. 2. Thought it would be nice to have a Steer hide Strop to compare to the horsehide.

After thinking (too much, as I often do) about it, balancing out the amount of time I have left in the apocalyptic situation we may currently be in, and for just a nickel more. All things (in my life) considered. I could add two “8 to 9 oz. Premium Steer hide Leather strops, that have a nice light draw”, to my cotton pasting strops. As expected, they are a sweet combination, and I don’t have to worry so much about cross contaminating.

My current Horsehide has a couple of nicks, one pretty bad. Thus the horsehide blank.
Thanks for the explanation. I can see the point behind having a dedicated leather strop to follow the pasted cotton strop to account for possible contamination. I've done that with some homemade pieces myself. But from the picture, I was wondering why what looked to be three pieces of vegetable-tanned cow and one of horse, thinking that it only had to do with routine, day to day stropping. Good luck with your pasted strop endeavors. I'm a fan of pasted hanging strops.

I only see one Horse leather there Alan.
Is the one with the handle Horse as well?
No Paul. What I saw was three pieces of vegetable-tanned cow and one of horse.
 
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