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This is the best strop I could locate on Amazon for the price.
I have many years of buying strops. This matches the quality of any strop I've purchased. The principal reason for my high recommendation is that: (1) it is made of horsehide (instead of cowhide) and (2) The thickness of the strop is almost double the thickness of more expensive strops.
For people just starting out with a straight razor, it is important to know that most strops used to be made of horsehide. Horsehide provides a much more dense leather, and, a much more smooth surface for sharpening your razor than cowhide. I've purchased the newer strops made by Fromm, Simco, etc. They are all made by the same manufacturer out of cowhide. I would bet that 20% of the price of these strops is for imprinting the brand name logo on the strop with gold paint. The logo in gold paint has nothing to do with sharpening your razor.
This strop has few markings on it. It is simply a strop. It could be longer. The clip could be longer. The sewing quality could be a little better, but, it works well.
This strop is made in Pakistan. Pakistan manufacturers have a tendency to use old-fashioned quality in manufacturing goods. The horsehide on this strap, if you take care of it, will last a lifetime (just like our old-time strops used to last).
If, by chance, you get a strop with a rough surface, you don't have to return it or throw it out. You can dress the rough areas (or even repair areas on the strop that you have dinged) by using an inexpensive metal polish to fill in the uneven or dinged spots. Woodstock D2902 1-Pound Extra Fine Buffing Compound, Green A buffing compound is guaranteed to give you the best edge on your razor.
This is a best strop I could find, and, it is cheaper than the other inferior cowhide strops that are available.
OF THE MANY, MANY PURCHASES I'VE MADE FROM AMAZON THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I FELT COMPELLED TO WRITE A REVIEW BECAUSE I RECEIVED JUNK ! ! ! I received a 2 INCH WIDE X 19 1/2" OVERALL LENGTH NOT 23 1/2" X 2 1/2"AS DESCRIBED . I do not believe it to be horsehide either based on my experience in Leather craft and owning other horsehide strops. It came with some vinyl CRAP strop instead of canvas. It was folded so tightly as to cause creases in the leather that I highly doubt will relax. Leather should never be folded tightly as it breaks down the internal fibers. Utter junk, DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.
The product dimensions state 2.5 inches wide and my strop was 2 i8nches which makes a huge difference as I am somewhat of a beginner. As others have noted, the supposed "canvas" section of the strop fells like some sort of pleated and appears to have dulled my blades which is going to cost me $50 to get both of my razors honed again after just having them professionally honed a week prior.
I would not recommend purchasing from this seller as they are using bait and switch techniques and false advertising tactics.
The horsehide leather strop is excellent. It is dense and smooth. This is a massive improvement over the cowhide version I have been using. The price on this item makes this a must-buy for anyone in the market for a strop, you cant beat it.
The reason I took 1 star off is that the 'canvas' strop is not canvas on the one I received, it is nylon. The cotton canvas is that way for a reason, and a nylon imposter is simply worthless.
Even with the 'canvas' actually being nylon, this is still the best buy you can get on an excellent horsehide strop. Just throw away the nylon strop and replace it with the canvas from an old strop or a cheap cowhide strop set.
No canvas strop but, a vinyl one instead. The leather strop is beige instead of dark brown as pictured so it could be anything. It is stamp MD which also is not pictured. Since this is a Amazon partner I have to pay for return postage even though this is entirely the seller's screw up.
I'm new to straight razor shaving, and ordered my first cheap strop (as I'm told I'm likely to ruin it as I practice and get better at stropping).
I have not yet used this, nor do I have a basis for comparison as to its effectiveness, but just out of the box I do have a couple of gripes: the leather side appears to be leather, the canvass is some sort of nylon material (as others have pointed out). It's not 2 1/2-in. thick either, which played a role in my selecting this strop over other inexpensive models sold here on Amazon. It's also only 23 1/2-in. in length if you lay it flat and include the metal hook and the pleather black handles in your measurement.
The usable stropping horsehide section (hope it is horsehide -- everything else wasn't as advertised so it makes you wonder) is closer to 12-in. in length, the width is just shy of 2-in.
It's cheap enough that I don't feel totally cheated out of my 14 dollars, but it is disappointing that the description doesn't match the actual product. I'm torn on the rating, but I did want to make sure others knew the actual dimensions of this strop.
UPDATE (one day later):
I stropped my razor yesterday, and had a great shave. I bought a nice shave-ready razor (shaved once, waited for this thing to arrive before shaving the second time), and it definitely improved the cutting edge and my shaving experience. So, it works and it only cost 14 bucks -- it's hard to complain too much. I ran the blade over the pleather "canvass" section, before the horse hide, and it sharpened my razor enough to cut through my tough, thick, chin and upper lip hair.