View Full Version : Cotton or Linen?
01-05-2009, 12:15 AM
Is there a difference in draw or "abrasiveness" between Tony Miller's cotton stops and the linen ones?
(I suppose I am asking that if you could measure the grit level, which one would be coarser or finer)
I have read some threads on this, but am not sure if they are just cosmetic differences or not...
Also, which one is in this picture (http://shop.thewellshavedgentleman.com/images/12200169878291710154323.jpeg), cotton or linen?
(because I like how that one looks better!)
01-05-2009, 03:10 AM
That is actually the older coarse cotton I used to use. I am still updating so a few older photos are showing. The photo of the 2 5/8" Horsehide shows the newer stuff which is far smoother.
Everyone has a different preference on the cloth sides. The range of materials from the soft fabris Dovo uses to the hard smooth stuff on Illinois strops all have strong followers. I have used them all and still do not have a real favorite.
I'm sure some of the fellows here have tried quite a few and can comment on how they all feel after time. I myself am not a big user of the cloth sides but probably ought to be as many feel it is an important step.
01-05-2009, 06:59 AM
I have the "new" TM smooth canvas, and I loaded it up with Dovo white paste. With that combo, it is an excellent performer!
01-05-2009, 07:13 PM
I have one of the older linen/canvas combos that I love. I tend to use the linen side more than the canvas for some reason.
01-05-2009, 10:51 PM
Thanks guys! I think I'm leaning more into the linen camp, as I like the idea of a more abrasive material
Linen is said to be a bit more abrasive.
I use the Tony Miller Latigo/genuine linen everyday and would not want to use anything else (although a cordovan strop would be nice).
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