After your post about the oil I got the kitty Litter out so I could remove excess oil.OK, was a little early on the April Fools But had to try! For anyone reading this and not 100% aware, please don’t turn nice leather strops into oily sponges.
Tony, strop is very nice build as I have always heard. Hardware is top notch as is fit/finish and numerous details. The leather is interesting and I appreciate the opportunity to give it a free test-drive. I have used and enjoyed suede strops as well as some decent flesh-sides and while similar to flesh-sides I have used (bovine) this is a little different and maybe faster. I will probably always gravitate back to a smooth strop but every once in a while want that suede/flesh feel and this delivers.
The linen I also liked. A mild finer weave than what I use now so it felt pretty good under the blade.
Biggest take home is that I massively miss my old 3” strop and this has driven that fact home. The 2.5” I have been using just doesn’t do it for me the same as 3” :-( I didn’t realize it as much as having a 3” in hand again and it was so much nicer. This is just a preference thing but for me it is a big one.
Used softer steels, harder Swedish, kamisoris etc and strop performed similarly for all. Tony does a great job as many have noted for years.