I posted this on the other thread but decided to start a new one as some gents may have given up on the other thread.
It is gorgeous, I found no quality issues at all, there is not a spot of blemish on the leather. The suede has some "scratch" marks, not really scratches but marks, it may just be the way the grain lays, you can see them on Seraphim's video.
The leather is smooooooth and very thick, the suede is even thicker, they both feel very soft.
The hardware is OK, I clipped it to a ring in my closet and it is secure.
I think the eagle stamp may give off little gold flakes with time, I can see some near it.
OK now to the feel.
I had just finished touching up a razor on a coti, so I gave it a whirl. I took it to a TM linen then to the Kanayama. I started on the suede-I would say it is a light to medium draw, very smooth, there is a definite difference between the feel on the up and down strokes, very slight, expected as the grain goes in opposite directions. I gave it about 40-50 laps.
I flipped it over and took hold, first stroke was bad and I nicked it (just kidding-just seeing if you gents are paying attention)
The leather side is really, really smooth, sounds different than my TM. The draw is really light, smooth and feels fast, it is a joy to strop on this thing.
Now I am someone who normally likes handles, I started with Larry's strop without the handles and did not like it, I actually gave it homemade handles. I did not miss the handles on this strop, I grabbed both leathers together with palm over the top and all fingers on the top, thumb included, with fingers wrapping around to the bottom.
I will probably split time stropping on my TM and this strop.