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    Hey!

    I do custom leatherwork and I'm looking to make myself a two part strop with both leather and fabric strops. with this said I don't want to pay 10$ plus 20$ shipping for the straight razor designs material strop fabric. Is there any cheeper alternatives? or can I get this stuff at a fabric store?

    thanks in advance!

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    If you know a company that services fire extinguishers and fire hose ask them if they have any old hose from a high rise building. The kind they have in cabinets on each floor.
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    Yes, Cotton or Polyester canvas, $10 per yard X36in. and usually 50 percent off if you shop.

    They also sell nylon and polyester strapping, but usually in 2 in width, by the yard, for a couple dollars.

    A flax hose will have to be well and repeatedly washed and rinsed, but does make an excellent strop,
    there are good post on that here.

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    okay cool! and how do we feel about hard pressed felt? i see that as a listed option some places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swifty2point0 View Post
    okay cool! and how do we feel about hard pressed felt? i see that as a listed option some places.
    I feel pretty good about it! Different, definitely.. not sure if you will settle with it over fabric (especially the flax hose, if you can get any), but it's worth trying.
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    Felt is good for nano sprays, but there are better alternatives.
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    Hemp webbing is good. Herring bone weave is the best of them. I made a strop second with some and so have a few others. Mine needed to be broken in.
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    Old seat belts were popular once upon a time.
    Also flax linen can be found in many fabric stores for a very reasonable price
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix51 View Post
    Old seat belts were popular once upon a time.
    Also flax linen can be found in many fabric stores for a very reasonable price
    okay cool! the question I have with using fabric like that is how do I finish the edges??

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    And that is the problem with using fabric…

    With Canvas, you can cut it with a sharp edge and the weave will lock the threads in place. There will be some fraying but will eventually stop.

    Sewing will leave a welt that will be felt and possibly create an uneven stropping surface.

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