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    Tried it this morning, and I like that it's soft but not as good as my English bridle. Does this take breaking in?

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    I got a replacement roo leather piece from SRD for my 3" strop and so far I love it. It is thinner than some, but more supple and seems to have a nice draw. My other strop is a modular paddle strop from them, and for it, I have English Bridle. I've used it a lot more, but both seem to work equally well. I also have a 2 1/2 inch strop with black latigo, and I'm not really a fan of the feel of the draw. It's also very stiff, maybe because I don't use it as much since I don't like it. It's a back-up.
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    I like roo strops. I think getting to use it is about finding the correct tension. I find the material to be close to scrupleworks vegi tanned cowhide. Mine did not need breaking in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lz6 View Post
    . Mine did not need breaking in.
    Mine either, it's a pleasure to use.
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    Off subject slightly but Kangaroo leather is what the premium motorcycle racing suits (the moto gp guys wear these) are made out of. They use it for its superior strength and abrasion resistance. Manufacturers can use the thinner kangaroo material and get better results then cow hide. I definitely want to try a roo strop at some point! Awesome material.

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    I have one and it's a great strop at 3".

    I selected the 100% pressed felt backing and I find that combination makes for an all around great strop combo with the pressed felt providing a nice mild abrasive backing, great for after the shave stropping prior to hitting the leather.

    Even though it's a 3" strop, still important to use the X strokes...something to keep in mind.
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    I made one from roo hide off ebay. It is my favorite strop.

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    Can't remember who in Australia sold these years ago but the leather is very much thinner than any standard cow or horse strop l have. Super supple feel..............
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    I have a 3"x8" roo strop mounted on glass. It was really great for my knives. I think I tried my razor on it months ago but then I was even more of a newbie than I am now. I got the name of a company that sells leather by the hide. I almost bought a roo hide to cut up into several strops and let them go for cost. But not enough people seemed interested enough to share the cost. This was before shaving with a straight razor so it was only for knives. It was about then that I quit using strops altogether for my knives. Another reason not to buy one. Roo leather has a lot different feel than cow or horse. It seemed to put a smoother finish than other strops. I'll dig up the company to buy a hide if anyone wants to know it. If I'm not mistaken an entire hide was around $100. So even if you only get one strop it's not that much. Kangaroo strops I've seen are always about double the price of others. But surely you could get at least 3 strops out of one hide. Of course you'd need the hardware also. They say an entire hide will have some flaws. Scars from injuries and maybe even a bullet hole. So getting a 3"x18" piece of flawless section may not be as easy as you'd think. I'd think you could get at least one though. Then enough 3"x8" sections for bench strops. Who knows? Not me.
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    So after posting this thread I ended up getting a roo strop. Been using it for probably close to a month now. Big fan of the roo - it's a great strop and the suppleness is amazing.
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