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    In my continuing garage-tech/low-tech adventure in wet-shaving, I decided to make a stand alone denim strop. I have read some posts about it and here is my take on it.

    Here is the breakdown:

    Old jeans from my youngest daughter.
    Eyelet tool $1.67
    Eyelets 1/4" $2.67
    Leather trim leftover ~$5.00
    Big metal clip $0.97
    Sheet of 200 grit sand paper ~?

    The pants were cut into usable pieces. The pieces on the left were used for this project. The pieces on the right were used for Dubl Duck strop. More on that in another post.


    I stitched the 2 pieces of large denim together (to prevent sliding). After the initial stitching, the denim was stitched into a sleeve and the reversed. I then made a leather end "cap" to finish one side of the strop. The challenge with the end cap was stitching it to the denim. After some Google-ing I got the answer. I used an awl-type punch (from my wife's scrapbooking tools) and punched small holes into the denim that allowed for easier sewing.



    After hand sewing the end cap I added an eyelet for the handle.



    The handle I chose for this strop was a twisted solomon lanyard. It was easy to make with some shoelaces I had in the closet.


    To finish the top side of the strop, I looped the denim on itself so it would provide a "stop" on the metal clip I was going to use for my mounting hardware. I added some sandpaper to the clip to add more "adhesion" so the strop would not slip from the clip.




    And the finished strop:


    After some initial stropping on the denim and then leather and a shave, I am quite happy with the outcome. I plan on loading this strop with some diamond spray (0.125micron) and seeing how that affects my stropping.

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    Bless you Mario. You saved me hours of frustration. I applaud your solution to quick and cheap. I will be making one for myself after I delve into my fabric full closet. I am a fabric artist and worked for fabric stores at one time and have a closet full of ends and great sales buys along with the employee discount I would get. Your solution is both simple and elegant at the same time
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    I bought some of those clips with a similar intention, I liked the fact that you could get 3" ones. I was trying to work out how to stop the fabric slipping, I think your soloution is nice.
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    This inspired me to make a denim strop as well. I looped the end over a wire type hanger to secure it and a piece of dowel with a loop of some climbing type rope for a handle Worked out pretty well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pstrjp View Post
    This inspired me to make a denim strop as well. I looped the end over a wire type hanger to secure it and a piece of dowel with a loop of some climbing type rope for a handle Worked out pretty well.
    Yeah, it doesnt need to be difficult to work
    Bread and water can so easily become tea and toast

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    I really like the creativity of the strop hanger!
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    Nice work!!

    Denim makes an excellent stropping material, and I often do a few laps on the thigh of my jeans when coming off the stones..

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    Hah! I'm going to try out the clip with sandpaper tomorrow when the hardware store opens - I hadn't even considered this as a solution to stopping the fabric from slipping.

    Thank you for providing the photos too - I had been meaning to take some and put them up myself but you beat me to it and did a great job of it. I use crox on the reverse side of my denim strop and it works well - I'd imagine the diamond spray to be equally good.

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    I don't want to be critical or anything, but the way the handle is made I would imagine that over the length of the strop it would bend in a U-shape when pulled tight, because the tension is more in the middle than on the sides. On factory leather strops you usually have a ring type handle or a sturdy, wide leather one to prevent that.

    Maybe it doesn't happen or even matter on this kind of strop? What can you say?

    Happy stropping,
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    Mario- the Martha Stewart of strop making! Good on ya". Now I want to make one

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