Posted By: Steven C. HowellI have to say that Im absolutely thrilled with the Richmond strop based system. At first, I wasnt too sure and almost ordered just a standard paddle strop elsewhere but finally decided that I would give this a try.
Honestly, I didnt expect that. For $20, I thought that Id be getting a very minimal quality piece of equipment. That's not the case at all. The base is heavy and built solid. The rubber base on the bottom "freezes" it in place. There's no wobbling and certainly no sliding. It doesn't move unless I pick it up. That's a huge plus in my book.
Im a big fan of the magnetic backing and how well it compliments the strops made for it. It's incredibly fast and easy to move from base to base strop material. I've been using a balsa strop with .5 diamond spray and from there, moving on to the horse strop. It takes only seconds and refines the edge to my razors extremely well.
If you order a strop for it, I'd suggest you get the 3x11 size. I'd mistakenly ordered the 3x8 and I have no complaints with it all and it works just fine but it obviously the 3x8 is 3 inches shorter than the base. No big deal but the 3x11 is my preference for strop size. I've since ordered both the Bovine and Kangaroo in the 3x11 size.
If you're considered buying this, there's no need to think twice. It built well, it works well and that's exactly what we want in a strop.
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