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    Default Shell Strops-Where Have You Been All These Years?!

    Well, I got my cordovan shell strop in from Leonard/Bouschie off of our BST, and all I can say is WOW! I can't stop re-stropping already shave-ready, stropped blades on this silky-smooth surface. I don't know if it improves edges over other strops (most experienced strop gurus say no at any rate), but it sure is a pleasure to use, and I like the hard canvas on the other side too-very tactile but smooth feel.




    I've never really been a "strop guy" after getting my gorgeous English Bridle custom from Hidestoart-I figured that was all I need. But now I want to get some vintage shell: Red Imp, etc. What other vintage shells are highly regarded? Off to Ebay now!

    Jeez-Another rabbit hole! Aaron

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    I really like that strop !!
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    Yup, there just is something about a shell cordovan strop that really pleases regardless if it is any better or not than other strops. May you find many more, enjoy.

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    Aaron
    Thanks for the nice write up. If you ever find a Red Imp you will love it. I picked one up last year in excellent condition and love it. My other Strop I have had over 30 years. It was old when I got it but it still does a great job. It is a Hoffritz. Best o you.
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    Yeah, in prowling around on old threads here and around the web, I'm really wanting a Red Imp, maybe a Beau Brummell, etc. It seems that the Certifyd company manufactured these pro-grade strops for numerous companies back in the day. I'm learning a lot this evening. I'm also seeing a lot of "Scotch tanned" on some nicer ones like this one (I'm sort of obsessed with Scotland anyway after last summer's visit, but that's another story).

    If I get a few, I can even envision having a fancy, old-fashioned "strop rack" in my living room with a number of vintage shells on it-kind of a working display/conversation piece. Anyway, something besides the usual shot glass or other cheesy collections you see sometimes.

    edit: I just lost this Dubl Duck to somebody who wanted it $1 worth more than I did! http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-DUBL...torefresh=true
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    That DD looks kind of rough. Of course you can't tell for sure until you get it and work on it.
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    I have a Suntorbach I believe that is the spelling and I love it. Got mine at an antique store for a reasonable price. They are on eBay last I looked quiet often. Nice strop.
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    I just got a C-Mon De Luxe I'm currently in the process of working on. I'm interested to see how the fabric side, which is treated with a wax coating works. Not something I've seen on any modern strop, but apparently was popular on vintage strops, like that Dubl Duck you linked to. Cordovan is just a great surface to strop on. And I might be a bit strange, but I love the smell.
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    Man! Some of the old ones can be buttery, for certain.
    Never know till you try them. Still, while they feel good, some slick ones do a fine job as well.
    Nice stuff to strop on, indeed!
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    I have an old 2" Weiffenbach shell, and it is amazing to strop on. Leaves a great edge too.

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