Posted By: Steven C. HowellThis is such a great strop and it works so well with Richmond strop based system. Previously, I had a latigo 3" hanging strop that I'd ordered elsewhere and found that I wasn't a big fan of it. The draw was very intense with that strop and it was so heavy, I had a hard time keeping it straight. I'm sure this contributed to a bit of a rolled edge. I ended up selling the latigo strop and that's how I ended up here, buying the paddle strop.
I knew that I wanted something with a hard backing and ended up here. I'd considered several different strop bases (bovine, horse, balsa and kangaroo). I'm a bit of a newbie when it comes to this and was a bit confused as to what I wanted and what was best. After pretty much tossing a coin, I went with the horse strop and I have to say, it was an excellent decision.
The horse strop is a very tight, more sturdy hide and seems to be quite forgiving. With a cow leather strop, I felt more of a grab and pull on the blade when I used it but with the horse strop, it's much different. It glides extremely well, without much grab and seems to be very forgiving. On one stroke, I accidentally caught it and thought for sure I nicked it. When I had the latigo, without question, I would have had to get the fine sandpaper out to repair it. Luckily, it didn't happen with the horse strop. I couldn't feel a nick anywhere and it kept its smooth surface. I'm very impressed at how durable it is.
To finish, I'm sorry to ramble on with this review and you'll have to forgive any of my spelling or grammatical errors but I wanted to be thorough and convey an accurate review. To end, without question, get one of these - I can't see how anyone would be disappointed with the purchase.
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