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I used this strop one month then started useing DE's. It is in very good condition no nicks or cuts. The discoloration on the leather is from palming the leather. The curly marking 3/4 of the way down on the right side is in the leather and not man made, the surface is silky smooth and fun to just run your palm up and down it. The back cloth is cotton and seperate from the leather only attached at the top. The cotton is unmarked and cleanlike new with no cuts or nicks.Below is the listing from Tony Miller's website of the strop you are reading about, this one has the optional heavy leather handles. You will notice it is not in stock, I was able to get this through the kindness of Mr.Miller who made it for me from extra material he had left at the time. It is just to nice to hang in my closet and not be used so I am listing it hoping it will find a good home.
2 1/2" Artisan Horsehide "Traditional" Strop
2 1/2" GENUINE HORSEHIDE
Back Again In Early July
My Artisan™ models are made from my new 8 to 9oz Heirloom™ Smooth Butt Section Horsehide that has been hand worked to give just the right amount of suppleness and to resist cupping. These have a fine matt surface that provides just the right amount of draw. They are constructed with either Smooth Cotton (Standard). These feature Dee Ring Grips as standard or optional Contoured Heavy Leather Handles (+$10.00). 29" overall (handle version) with a traditional, 2 1/2" wide x 17 1/2" long stropping surface.
My horsehide provides a lighter draw than is typical with Latigo and help form a very fine edge. This is ideal to use alone or as a finishing strop to further refine an edge after a higher draw strop. The cotton second component is a fine, but firm weave that works well alone or pasted with diamond spray or chromium oxide.
Assembled to order with handles or dee rings, allow 5 to 7 days before shipment.
Pictured are a 2 1/2" Horsehide with Genuine Linen and Handles and a 2 1/2" Horsehide with Smooth Cotton and Dee Ring Grips.
Item #: 2.5Art