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I have enjoyed the usage of the strop. It is currently enroute to @Frank Shaves.
The box that I used for shipping was a medium flat rate side loading, it is 12, 3½, 14, 1 inch shorter than the original. @Tony Miller will let me know if I messed up.
I received the strop from @Boz yesterday afternoon - in time for my evening shave. So far I have stropped two razors: TI 6/8 inch half hollow, and Friodur 17 7/8 inch stainless steel. The TI, which I used for my shave, was sharp and smooth. After stropping, both razors are popping hairs with a gentle sweep.
I have only used two other strops: a $10 Chinese strop with a very light draw and my Tony Miller 3 inch Horween Veg Tanned Horsehide Plain Vanilla value strop with cotton cloth.
It took me a minute to adjust to the heavier draw of the Roughout pass around strop. First impressions. I like the draw. The pass around strop is thinner than my value strop. Not sure what I think about the thickness yet. I much prefer the linen on the pass around than the cotton on my value strop.
I will do some more stropping later today and tomorrow, and then reply with more impressions.
I ended up stropping three more razors on the roughout strop: J.A. Henckels (carbon steel) 17, TI 7/8 inch singing hollow, and Wade & Butcher 7/8 inch near wedge. The strop did a great job on all of the razors. The heavier draw really shines on the thicker grinds, especially on the Wade & Butcher near wedge. And, again, I really like the linen.
To summarize, I really like Tony's strops. Great design and quality. Thanks, Tony, for providing us with the opportunity to try the strop!
Hi everyone! I received the Rough out strop on Friday, right before I went out of town for a three day Turkey/Morel hunt. I stropped on it yesterday afternoon and today. I like the buttery feel and the extra draw of the horse hide and the flax linen is pretty nice too(thinner than I was expecting). My wife is from Belarus, where they make A LOT of products from flax linen and I really enjoy those products as well. Great looking strop too! So far I've stropped 2 razors on it, both were full hollows. I'm honing up some wedges this evening and they will get try the strop out as well. I'm hoping to ship the strop off to the next person by Thursday.
Just received the strop today! I had stopped stropping razors after use about a week ago, so have a good lineup waiting to go. For background - I have been using a SR for about 8 months and essentially have done 100% of my stropping on a single strop. Looking forward to trying something different!