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    Thanks Jimbo for taking the time to lay this out so clearly and plainly

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    Thanks Jimbo, my big question is on the characteristics of the finished strop comparing it to cowhide and horsehide ? Is there a difference in the draw with the Roo as there is between the latigo and the horse ? Does stropping with the Roo feel more like one than the other or neither ?
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    Wow, great job there! Thanks for the clear tutorial and tips!

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    Way cool, that is a great looking strop! What about
    the linen side?

    - Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by onimaru55 View Post
    Great tutorial there Jimbo.
    Like that steel ruler. Perfect size & all
    Yeah, that ruler was a real find. Nice handle, two-way levels, and almost 2.5" wide. I think I got it from a Mitre 10, or maybe a home hardware store Os.

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    Excellent write up... love the pictures!

    Do you bother to put a handle/tab on the other end or just leave it natural?
    I am toying with leaving the end un-handled on this lot. All I would do (or have the time to do) is just whack another D-ring on the end if I were to give it a handle (that is what I did before).

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    This is an excellent tutorial, moreso because i have many strops and am very interested
    in learning all i can on the subject

    Thank you JIMBO

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyHAD View Post
    Thanks Jimbo, my big question is on the characteristics of the finished strop comparing it to cowhide and horsehide ? Is there a difference in the draw with the Roo as there is between the latigo and the horse ? Does stropping with the Roo feel more like one than the other or neither ?
    Jimmy - it feels different. There is a "stickyness" to it when you strop. My theory on that is that it is a very fine grained leather, and in combination with the thinness (less than a mm) of the leather, creates a fairly unique sensation of draw. I think Mark (JMS) said it reminded him of an old Shell strop he has, but I could have that wrong.

    I am interested this time round to see what a light sanding does to it. I have a couple that have small scrapes and tiny hard bits on the surface. I kept them so I could sand them and see what happens to the feel and the strength.



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    Quote Originally Posted by sebell View Post
    Way cool, that is a great looking strop! What about
    the linen side?

    - Scott
    Well Scott, because of the magical properties of Kangaroo, linen and/or canvas is not required with these strops at all...

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    Thanks, Jimbo.

    Gentlemen, this tutorial is now in the Wiki: Making a (very) home-made strop - Straight Razor Place Wiki.

    And for those of you who have not noticed it yet, there is a review by (currently two) happy customers: http://www.straightrazorplace.com/fo...-jimboroo.html.

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    Thanks Robin!!

    I should just say that each and every one of these strops already has a home. If for some reason any are spare, I will let you know.

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