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    Default My home-made strop!

    I've just made my strop, using some leather I had left over from some other projects.

    Dimensions: Width - about 2 & 3/4 inches (7cm)
    Length (stroppable length) - just under 16 inches (39.5cm)
    Thickness - about 4mm (not sure about inches)

    It's all leather except for the cotton tie at the end. Although it isn't flat, it seems to flatten out fine when I pull it taut for stropping.

    Feels alright stropping with a butter knife - I'll get to try it with my razor when it comes back from sharpening on Thursday.

    Close up you'd see there are marks on the leather and the edges look a bit uneven (I cut it with a knife), but this doesn't seem to affect the stropping (with a butter knife anyway). Anyway - I'm happy with it .

    *Couple of pictures a bit blurred - the stitching on the handle is actually single line in box with one diagonal (... the pic makes it look like a messy double line).

    BTW I'm new to STR8s so this is also my first strop - I'll be attempting my 2nd shave on Friday.
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    that is a nice strop
    what sort of leather did you use?
    this would interest me as well. strop making
    in fact. DIY interests me altogether
    but first i need to try my hand at other things. after all i have only had my 3rd shave only a couple days ago.

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    Thankyou,

    I think it's all cow leather - the main body of the strop is surplus from a baldric I made at a workshop years ago - so someone else got that. You could probably look up a leather supplier - sometimes when you go in, you'll meet people who've worked with leather a lot and who can advise you.

    DIY does feel satisfying (especially when it works!)

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    Cool strop handle idea. How's it feel?

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    Thankyou,

    The strap handle feels nice - of course, I'll see how it goes with everyday use. There's room in the handle to hold it in a few different ways, so I'll probably work out what suits me best.

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    Looks good. Congrats on the stitching. I can't sew to save my life
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    Quote Originally Posted by FTG View Post
    Thankyou,

    I think it's all cow leather - the main body of the strop is surplus from a baldric I made at a workshop years ago - so someone else got that. You could probably look up a leather supplier - sometimes when you go in, you'll meet people who've worked with leather a lot and who can advise you.

    DIY does feel satisfying (especially when it works!)
    Thanks! I just looked up baldric. I never knew that. I always thought this to be the only baldric:

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    By the way, nice strop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMS View Post
    Thanks! I just looked up baldric. I never knew that. I always thought this to be the only baldric:]

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