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#1
Title says it all. Looking for any and all recommendations, if they do custom work even better. I'm in the UK but also have an American mailing address. Thanks! 

Also what makes it your favorite? I know about different draw and whatnot, but what sets your favorite apart from the others?
#2
An English Bridal leather finished out with a medium weight draw is my favorite, the maker is Star Shaving in Oklahoma USA . The downside is it can take two months for your strop to be made and shipped out so knowing this is important, also they are not prone to email you with an update so you are required to wait quietly. You always get your order they simply do not communicate very well. The quality is top notch though so.ymmv.
Another option is aTony Miller strop.nice quality in a variety of draw types.

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(This post was last modified: 07-27-2015, 07:53 PM by shavemaven.)
I have several high quality strops from Straight Razor Designs. My favorite right now is a kangaroo leather. Its seems smoother and less abrasive than other leathers. It's thinner but seems tougher than other leathers.

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(07-27-2015, 07:48 PM)shavemaven Wrote: I have several high quality strops from Straight Razor Designs. My favorite right now is a kangaroo leather. Its seems smoother and less abrasive than other leathers. It's thinner but seems tougher than other leathers.
I was recently gifted a roo strop from an Aussie friend and it feels like soft butter. Such easy draw and it puts a great polish on the edge.

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Virginia
I picked mine up from The Well Shaved Gentleman. They are made by a gent named Tony Miller and he puts things up for sale as he is able to get a hold of material. I went with a 2.5 inch strop and am very happy with it, the quality is great and the price is right. Customer service is great, he got it right out to me. He has a couple up now for sale, either would be great strops. It will probably be my only strop because it is gets the job done, price and quality were great and I cant see needing anything else.....famous last words....
Bob from Virginia
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(07-27-2015, 07:48 PM)shavemaven Wrote: I have several high quality strops from Straight Razor Designs. My favorite right now is a kangaroo leather. Its seems smoother and less abrasive than other leathers. It's thinner but seems tougher than other leathers.

I didn't even know they made strops out of kangaroo! Now I'm gonna have to get one...
#7
My go to strops these days are the Kanayama ones. I have the number 3 and loved it so much I grabbed an 80000 as well. Grab the extra hanger and get the linen if you go that route.

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(07-26-2015, 04:00 AM)caleb31 Wrote: An English Bridal leather finished out with a medium weight draw is my favorite, the maker is Star Shaving in Oklahoma USA . The downside is it can take two months for your strop to be made and shipped out so knowing this is important, also they are not prone to email you with an update so you are required to wait quietly. You always get your order they simply do not communicate very well. The quality is top notch though so.ymmv.
Another option is aTony Miller strop.nice quality in a variety of draw types.

-cam-

+1 for Star Shaving.
I made my first few strops from leather belts and guitar straps. They worked just fine, but I wanted something with a bit better leather. I did not have much cash, so I did some research and finally purchased Star Shaving's $18 2" strop. No cloth component, just a really good piece of leather with a grommet at one end and a D ring at the other.
http://shop.starshaving.com/product.sc?p...tegoryId=2

Later on I added a cloth component by going down to Goodwill and buying a 2" canvas belt, and adding a D ring and swivel. It is the only really quality strop I have, but I love it. And I will be purchasing another and doing exactly the same thing to it.

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For any on a budget, I think you would find it almost impossible to match the quality of the Star Shaving strop that I purchased. MHO.
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(08-13-2015, 08:56 PM)SRNewb Wrote:
(07-26-2015, 04:00 AM)caleb31 Wrote: An English Bridal leather finished out with a medium weight draw is my favorite, the maker is Star Shaving in Oklahoma USA . The downside is it can take two months for your strop to be made and shipped out so knowing this is important, also they are not prone to email you with an update so you are required to wait quietly. You always get your order they simply do not communicate very well. The quality is top notch though so.ymmv.
Another option is aTony Miller strop.nice quality in a variety of draw types.

-cam-

+1 for Star Shaving.
I made my first few strops from leather belts and guitar straps. They worked just fine, but I wanted something with a bit better leather. I did not have much cash, so I did some research and finally purchased Star Shaving's $18 2" strop. No cloth component, just a really good piece of leather with a grommet at one end and a D ring at the other.
http://shop.starshaving.com/product.sc?p...tegoryId=2

Later on I added a cloth component by going down to Goodwill and buying a 2" canvas belt, and adding a D ring and swivel. It is the only really quality strop I have, but I love it. And I will be purchasing another and doing exactly the same thing to it.

[Image: 100_2484.JPG]

[Image: 100_2485.JPG]

For any on a budget, I think you would find it almost impossible to match the quality of the Star Shaving strop that I purchased. MHO.

Thanks for the pictures! You may have just swayed me in that direction. Sounds like an economical choice without sacrificing quality
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You're welcome. I think that it's the best option out there RE price/quality. IMO, all the little bells and whistles, like swivels, nice shiny hardware, or cloth components, etc., take a back seat to the most important quality in a strop; leather quality.This strop is high quality 8 or 9 oz English Bridle leather.
But Caleb is right. If you are one of those guys that can't wait, Star Shaving is probably not a good option. It took 3-4 weeks for me to receive my strop, and the only way I got any communication from them at all was because I emailed them in week 3 to ask. 3 or 4 days later they responded to the email that my strop was in the mail.
If you can't wait, I'd recommend this from SRD.
http://www.straightrazordesigns.com/inde...ts_id=1385

Cost is more than twice the price, but the quality of these strops, from what I've read, is second to none. If I could do $45 ($50-$55 with shipping) for a strop, I'd definitely go that route. But with the Star strop IMO there is no sacrifice in leather quality, and I can update it later as need arises.


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