I wondered to myself...why do 50 laps when I can do 25!? The answer was this extra length cowhide strop made from good quality local veg tan leather, perfect for that essential stropping before, and if you prefer after your shave. We have added a canvas side to this one, refined the shape a bit and spent some extra time on finishing, apperance and stitching, elevating it from a medium range strop to a higher end strop.
The strop is cut and stitched by hand, the handle is thinner, smoother and shaped differently than out medium range strops, the edges are also burnished to give the effect of a well polished, uniform edge in a dark shade that goes beautifully with the lighter brown leather.
The canvas end has a snap fastner that clips on to leather side of the strop, this prevents the canvas side from dangling down when using the leather side, it is also useful if you prefer your linen to have the hard leather as a base when stropping on it. We have also added a swivel end to this strop as you'd be using two different sides, the need for unhooking and re-attaching your strop's D-ring is eliminated.
The strop has an overall lenght of around 970 mm, and is 75 mm wide. it has whopping 625 mm of stropping surface, pretty sure a good pilot can land a Boeing 747 on this thing!
Is it a sensible strop? I am 1.88 m tall and find it very easy to use the entire runway, less turns means less chance of damage to your strop, quicker blade preps and the 75 mm wide leather is great as you do not need to do X-strokes to cover the entire blade, minimising the chances of 'burning' your blade on the edge of a leather strop. The cotton canvas with dual functionality makes this a product that is well worth forking out a few ronts on, not to mention that it made by hand by fellow-Saffers!
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