Gooood evening all.
A little while ago I made a strop from a strip of mineral tanned leather I ordered from McMaster-Carr.
Here is the link:
And a pic:
I'm not sure how easy it is to tell from the photos but it's almost a suede, not quite but nearly. Definitely rougher than full grain leather.
I haven't used a lot of different strops. This one has a lot of draw which is nice but doesn't seem to give me a good edge, which isn't nice at all.
I do like the draw, it's the first strop I've made so maybe I have a little attachment to it, but do you think the material is no good for use as a strop? Could I change my technique and get better results from it? Lighter stroke maybe? Or is leather with a nearly suede surface no good for a strop at all?
If not for a strop could it be pasted and used as a pre-finisher or something?
Like I said, very limited experience with strops. I have had a whipped dog "poor man's strop" and am using a Star Shaving "Big Daddy" right now. Both have about the same consistency I think.
Sub question, since I'm always looking for something different...what's your favorite strop for at,around, or under $100? Preferably something completely different from the aforementioned. Love the one I'm using now but if I buy something else I'd like it to be a different experience.