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I am reviewing this based off reading the book "The Art of Shaving." The book recommends that a strop be at least 20 inches long, and this is only 18 inches. This is nothing to get upset about, but worth pointing out. The cowhide leather is very soft, and thick in material. I am not an expert, but it seems of high quality. "The Art of Shaving" says that a cloth or canvass backing is not needed, and can mess up a blade. This does not have a cloth or canvass backing. I would disagree with the other reviews on this point.
After honing my blade with a (Norton Waterstone 4000/8000 grit combo), I stopped my blade and it cut perfectly. For anyone who is new to wet shaving, and looking to buy a strop for the first time, you would not be wrong in this purchase. I would recommend to read "The Art of Shaving" before making any purchase though.