Hey all, I just finished making myself a strop. The leather is just over 3 inches wide and I also attached a secondary component that used to be a strap to carry skis with (it's very similar to a seat-belt) which I charged with some white buffing compound on the recommendation of this thread.
I got the leather from the scrap bin of a local craftsman for $10. He said that most of the leather in the bin was cowhide, but he didn't say anything about the specific piece I grabbed. So what I'm wondering is:
1. What kind of leather is this?
2. Is it any good for a strop?
3. Do I need to do anything to finish it? (sanding, soaking, etc...)
The reverse side:
The secondary component: